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Illinois Unemployment Insurance Benefits 


Unemployment insurance taxes are collected from the state’s liable employers by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The collected unemployment taxes are then distributed to eligible unemployed Illinois residents as unemployment insurance benefits. Unemployment insurance coverage is a state-operated insurance program designed to partially compensate the claimant for loss of wages when they are out of work.


All primary features of unemployment insurance benefits in Illinois are described in this report. Topics covered include unemployment insurance eligibility, how to apply for EDD unemployment, receiving unemployment benefits, what to do if you are denied unemployment, and how to receive unemployment insurance benefits extensions.


Readers will learn how to file an unemployment claim and what constitutes eligible work termination reasons. Regarding separation from work and eligibility, this report contains information on what happens if you quit your employment, are fired, enrolled in an educational program, sick or disabled, or if you put any restrictions on what type of work you will take. You will also find out about your Illinois unemployment reporting requirements. 


Readers will learn where and how to apply for unemployment benefits in Illinois, what documents you will need to provide to determine unemployment eligibility, and what is involved in the Illinois Unemployment Registration process. A step-by-step calculation of how much your IL unemployment claim benefit amount will be is covered on the Benefits page. You will become familiar with terms such as claim date, base period, gross earnings, and the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Finding. Readers will also learn how to file for your weekly unemployment insurance benefit payments.


If you are denied unemployment insurance benefits in Illinois, this guide will describe the reasons for denial in detail. If you are denied unemployment insurance benefits, you can find important information in the Denial section regarding your options. This section outlines basic steps of the appeal process which you can initiate if you are denied unemployment insurance benefits.

 
Finally, two different unemployment compensation extension programs are explained in detail, and readers can learn when to take advantage of them. 

 

Illinois Unemployment Insurance Eligibility


Unemployment insurance eligibility in the state of Illinois is governed by specific rules. Both initial eligibility for unemployment and maintaining eligibility after you have been accepted into the IL program are determined by these regulations. The rules involve how you were separated from your employer, your ability to work, your availability to work, your continued search for employment, and your willingness to accept a job for which you are reasonably qualified.

Who qualifies for unemployment and what are the requirements to get unemployment in Illinois are answered in the following sections.
•    How to qualify for unemployment in Illinois
•    Requirements for retaining unemployment benefits in Illinois
•    IL Wage and Employment Qualifications for Unemployment 
•    Illinois referral to re-employment services


How to Sign Up for Unemployment Insurance in Illinois


To apply for unemployment benefits in Illinois, the claimant can either file an application at the IDES office or online. Unemployment applicants wondering “How can I sign up for unemployment?” or wondering where to sign up for unemployment in their area can read through the sections below. Other information found in this section includes details about the application process, and what documents are required to file for unemployment in Illinois. For more details on the different features of unemployment registration, review the following sections:
•    Where to register for unemployment benefits in Illinois
•    Information needed to file for unemployment in Illinois
•    Illinois unemployment registration process


Unemployment Benefits Claim in Illinois


How to claim unemployment benefits, registering for work, and continued eligibility for federal unemployment benefits in Illinois are all covered by regulations. Claiming benefits for unemployment, the calculation of unemployment benefits, the limitations on benefits, and unemployment benefits and federal income taxes are some of the different features governed by these rules.

To learn more about how to claim unemployment benefits, review the following sections:
•    Claiming benefits for unemployment in Illinois
•    Unemployment benefits claim calculation in Illinois 
•    IL filing for the weekly benefit payment 
Denied Unemployment Benefits in Illinois


The reasons for denied unemployment benefits in Illinois are varied and may involve an initial disqualification or may occur during the course of your filing for weekly benefits. Should an applicant be denied employment benefits in IL, he or she has the opportunity to file an unemployment denial appeal with the state.

The reasons for denied unemployment, details about the appeal process and the answer to the question, “what can I do if unemployment denied my benefits?” are more covered in the following sections:
•    Reasons for Denied unemployment in Illinois
•    Illinois unemployment compensation benefits denied due to disqualification
•    Unemployment denial appeal in Illinois


Illinois Unemployment Benefits Extension


Illinois unemployment beneficiaries wondering, “what can I do to extend unemployment” and wanting to learn how to get an unemployment extension will benefit from reading this section. There are guidelines for a federal unemployment extension, and there are two types of an unemployment benefits extension. 


As a general rule, federal unemployment extension programs are only available during periods when the nation is experiencing a high unemployment rate. One of the two federal unemployment extension programs is called the Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08) which was a one-time legislative effort to assist those who lost their jobs during the Great Recession that began in 2008.


The other is called Federal-State Extended Duration (FED-ED). However, these two unemployment extension programs are not currently active in the United States. For those wanting to learn more about an unemployment compensation extension and discover the answer to the question, “how can I extend unemployment?” please review the following sections:
•    Unemployment compensation extension in Illinois 
•    Emergency unemployment compensation in Illinois
•    Federal-state extended duration in Illinois