• Illinois Department of Employment Security


    Employment Agency

    About Us

    Unemployment Insurance (UI)
    Unemployment insurance is a state-operated insurance program designed to partially replace lost wages when you are out of work. Like fire, accident, health and other types of insurance, it is for an emergency: when you are temporarily or permanently out of a job, or if you work less than full time because of lack of work.

    The program ensures that, if you meet the eligibility requirements?? of the law, you will have some income while you are looking for a job, up to a maximum of 26 full weeks in a one-year period, depending on when the claim was? established. Unemployment insurance, however, cannot and does not protect you against wage losses while you are absent from work due to illness or while you are idle by choice. Link to Unemployment Insurance Benefits Handbook.
    ??? File for Unemployment Insurance
    Filing Reminders:
    File Online?: You will be prompted to login, which requires you to create an online username and password.
    Be sure to have all necessary information? ready when filing your claim.
    Instructions if you are filing for unemployment insurance and live out of state.?
    Review the Table of Weekly Benefit Amounts (Effective 1/1/2019) | WBA 2018?
    Certify for Weekly Benefits
    On your scheduled certification day, the best way to certify for benefits is the internet. You can certify for benefits online by going here?. These services are available Monday - Friday from 5:00AM to 7:30PM.

    Certifications are done every two weeks on your assigned call day.

    Form: Work Search Record
    ?By telephone: Tele-Serve (English? & Spanish?)?


    Rep/Contact Info

    Ms. Shari Harding
    Admin Asst Business Svc
    • Phone: (312) 793-0016
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