A Worker's Guide to Unemployment Insurance in Illinois
This is a comprehensive guide for anyone who is applying for, receives, or has been denied unemployment insurance in Illinois. It explains how the system works and what workers should expect. Topics include:
- What are the eligibility requirements?
- What does “insured work” mean?
- How do I know if I am “available for work”?
- If I quit my job, can I still get unemployment insurance?
- What happens if I have been disqualified?
The Claims Process
- When should I apply for benefits?
- What information do I need to apply for benefits?
- What happens after I file my claim?
- What if I didn’t make enough during my base period to be eligible for benefits?
- Are my benefits taxable?
- When and how will I get paid my benefits?
- Can I claim my spouse as a dependent?
- What if I have a dependent child?
Working or Going to School While Receiving Benefits
- Am I eligible for benefits if I am involuntarily working part-time?
- What kinds of training are approved by the Illinois Department of Employment Security?
- What if I receive Social Security or pension payments?
- Can I get help finding a job?
- What should I do when I return to work?
Challenged or Denied Claims and Appeals
- What are my rights if my claim is denied by the claims adjudicator?
- How do I file an initial appeal?
- What happens after I’ve appealed to the Board of Review?
- How many weeks of unemployment benefits can I receive?
- What if I’ve exhausted my unemployment insurance and need more help?
[Note: Recent federal legislation extended federally funded unemployment. Read more.]
The guide includes many useful appendixes with further information and links to
helpful resources. Download a copy of the guide.