Expect delays on all Illinois Unemployment websites and phones due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) unemployment applications.
In person office hours will be reduced or eliminated.
Helpful IDES Telephone Numbers
- MyTax Illinois/Employer Hotline questions: (800) 247-4984
- Illinois Job Link questions: (877) 342-7533
- Unemployment Insurance Claim questions: (800) 244-5631
Click to view the Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance Benefits Handbook
Do NOT apply for your Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance benefits too early.
Make sure your official last day or separation date is today or later before you apply for unemployment insurance benefits. Many larger companies may not officially terminate your employment for 2 weeks or more. If you were not given a written separation date and agreement or are unsure of the separation date, contact your company human resources department to clarify the exact last date of employment.
Apply for Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance benefits on the Internet.
You can file your Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance claim via the Internet. Fast, easy, and no lines! Illinois has improved and expanded internet filing for just about every type of unemployment insurance claims.
Make sure you have at least 30-45 minutes of dedicated time to fill out the online unemployment insurance claim application. You will need your social security number and employment information to answer all the questions.
There are a couple of rather tricky screens and a couple of questions that may seem odd, but make sure you enter all the information needed until you see a completed screen. When the online unemployment insurance claim application is completed, you will be given a confirmation number and effective date of unemployment. Make sure you print this information or save it to your local disk drive, usb drive or cloud location.
Confirm and Continue Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance benefits
You should receive a letter from the Illinois Department of Employment Security that handles unemployment insurance claims within 10 -14 days to confirm your Internet unemployment insurance claim worked. If you do NOT receive a confirmation letter, you MUST go to an Chicago, Illinois Unemployment office in person to request help with your unemployment insurance claim.
To receive unemployment insurance payments you are responsible for maintaining your work search records on the forms provided on a weekly basis, for up to several weeks. You will be required to produce your work search upon request. Failure to do so may result in denial of unemployment insurance benefits. If you go into the local unemployment insurance office, be sure to bring your work search record forms with you.
Top 12 Things You Should Know About Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance
If you file a Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance claim, you MUST register immediately with Illinois Job Link:
a – Use website: www.IllinoisJobLink.com
b Click ‘Job Seekers’
c Click ‘Create a job seeker account’
d Enter SSN or birthdate
e fill out rest of form
f click continue
g Follow the rest of the prompts
Your Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance benefits will not be paid until your registration with Illinois Job Link is complete.
1. Use Illinois JobLink To Search For A Job.
Illinois JobLink is the IDES website helps connect job seekers to employers in Illinois and throughout the USA. Use website: illinoisjoblink.illinois.gov
2. Accurately Report your Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance Reason.
When you initially file your Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance claim for benefits, your must accurately report your reason for separation from your job.
3. Report ALL Earned Wages.
You must report your gross wages for each week you work. Report all earnings whether full-time, part-time or temporary work.
4. Be Available and Ready to Work.
In order to collect and continue to receive Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance benefits, you must certify that you are available, willing and able to accept suitable work.
5. Actively Search for Work.
You must search for work each week or Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance benefits may be denied.
6. Document your Work Search Plan.
An organized and documented job search improves your chances of employment. All Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance claimants are required by law to document work search activities.
7. Do Not Pay any Person or Agent To File Your Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance Claim.
The use of paid third-parties or persons to file your Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance claim and/or discuss your Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance claim with IDES is very risky and strongly discouraged. NEVER share any personal information with anyone or any agent.
8. Do Not Commit Fraud.
Follow the Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance rules to prevent yourself from committing fraud. Failure to follow legal requirements for Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance Claims has serious consequences.
9. Ask for Help if you are in doubt of your responsibilities.
If you have any questions about your Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance claim, please visit an IDES office or call (800) 244-5631
10. Don’t Delay to Report Your Return to Work.
Notify IDES as soon as you begin working to avoid committing fraud. DO NOT WAIT until you receive your first paycheck.
11. To file an Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance claim by telephone number:
Website: Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance claim by telephone number
12. You may file an Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance claim in person. Click on this link for the nearest Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance office: Website: Chicago, Illinois Unemployment Insurance Offices
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