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Illinois Unemployment Information

For unemployment benefits in Illinois, you basically need to do the following:
  • File online or at an IDES office.
  • Actively seek work every week and record your activities
  • Certify every two weeks online or via telephone

Documentation requirements

  • Weekly records should include a list of your work search activities, including:
    • Date of contact
    • Employer name and address
    • Person contacted
    • Method of contact
    • Type of work sought
    • The results
  • You must retain these records for 53 weeks and have them available upon request.

Disclaimer: This is our best attempt at summarizing the rules in Illinois. For the official details, see the Illinois Department of Employment Security.