Your employer must be subject to the State’s unemployment insurance law.
Among the types of work not covered are certain agricultural, domestic, railroad and government work, and certain work done for one’s family and on commission.3.
We recommend filing for benefits online or you may file in person at a local IDES office. If you are uncertain about your eligibility for benefits, contact IDES for further information.
Please review the Unemployment Insurance Benefits Handbook for additional requirements and more detailed information. If you have additional questions, please call IDES Claimant Services at (800) 244-5631 or TTY: (866) 488-4016.
IDES contracts with private law firms to provide limited free legal services (consultation and/or representation at IDES administrative hearings) to claimants and small employers who are eligible for this service. Representation at your hearing is not automatic and depends, in part, upon the facts in your case.
Note: A small employer is an employer which reported wages paid to less than twenty individuals, whether part time or full time, for each of any two of the four calendar quarters preceding the quarter in which its application for legal assistance is made.
Certification Process You must certify for your eligibility every two weeks.
There are two ways to claim your weeks of unemployment insurance benefits: certify online via the website or by phone using the Tele-Serve system. You must report all gross wages earned during the weeks covered by the certification.
Illinois Job Link.com, your work search record will be automatically logged.You must be actively seeking work and willing to accept any suitable job offered.You must keep a log of your job search activities in every week for which you claim benefits.Click on the link that says Certify for Weekly Benefits or Certify Online.(Alternately, you may click on "Select one" in the "Sign In to My Account" box at the top-right of the home page, select File Certification, and click on the Go arrow.) Monday through Friday a.m.There are two ways you can certify: over the telephone and on the IDES website. Failure to certify on your assigned day could cause denial of benefits or a delay in processing your benefits.Go to our website at and select Unemployment Insurance under the Individuals menu.Benefits are not paid for any period in which you are on vacation, when your principle occupation is that of a student (you may be eligible if you are attending a training course approved by the IDES Director) or while you engage in any other activity that makes you unavailable for work.Benefits are not paid for any day or days on which you are unable to work because of illness, disability, family responsibilities, lack of transportation, etc.6.These wages must be reported for the week in which they are earned, not the week in which you receive payment.If your gross wages in any week are less than your weekly benefit amount, you may still be eligible to receive part of your benefit payment.