Illinois Unemployment Insurance

What is Illinois Unemployment Insurance Benefit?

Unemployment Insurance Benefit is a joint Federal and State program that provides unemployment benefits to eligible workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own (as determined under State law), and meet other eligibility requirements of State law.  The unemployment benefits are funded through unemployment insurance (UI) tax paid by the employers.

All states require a worker to have earned a certain amount of wages or to have worked for a certain period of time (or both) within the base period to be monetarily eligible to receive any Unemployment benefits.

If you quit a job, you can not get unemployment benefits. You must be laid off or terminated through no fault on your own.

How to Apply for Illinois Unemployment Insurance Benefits?

If you have been fired or terminated recently, you can apply for Illinois Unemployment Benefits using the following methods.

  • File Online :  You will be prompted to login, which requires you to create an online username and password.
  • Call IDES.  Although phone filing is available, IDES encourages claimants to file via the Internet when possible.

How much is Illinois Unemployment Benefit?

Your Unemployment Benefits depends on your based period, the average wage in three months.  The basic base period is the first four of the last five completed calendar quarters prior to the calendar quarter in which the claim is effective.

The maximum weekly Illinois Unemployment Benefit is $385.  You must re-certify each week and be actively seeking employment during your unemployment.

State Year Maximum Weekly Unemployment Benefit UI Term
Illinois 2014-2015 $385 26 Weeks

How long can you receive Illinois Unemployment Benefit?

In general, you can receive up to 26 weeks of unemployment benefit.  During periods of high unemployment, Unemployment benefits claimants may collect more weeks of benefits.

Illinois Unemployment Insurance Online and Contact Information:

Contact the Illinois Department of Labor at 1-800-244-5631 for more information on Unemployment Insurance Benefits.