Unemployment Insurance – How do I file?

Last update May 11, 2020

IDES announces new filing procedures, due to high volume. See here.

The governor issued an executive order to waive the 7-day waiting period for residents to apply for unemployment benefits, meaning anyone who qualifies can file and become immediately eligible instead of experiencing a week-long lag during this challenging time. Apply for UI here
For questions related to unemployment insurance, call (800) 244-5631

To certify for Unemployment Insurance benefits:
Visit www.ides.illinois.gov
Call Tele-Serve at (312) 338-4337
Monday - Friday 5:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m

Visit Illinois Job Link at www.illinoisjoblink.com to:
To post your resume
Search job postings
IDES has released FAQ's regarding the  Federal Stimulus and Unemployment
IDES has released additional information about the CARES Act Unemployment Benefits Expansion Package
IDES has released additional information about the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
For more information about Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) please click here