The fastest and quickest way to apply for unemployment compensation in Illinois is to report to your nearest IDES office the day after your termination. Your employer should have provided you with the IDES brochure, “What Every Worker Should Know About Unemployment Insurance”, when you were terminated. This brochure lists the address of some of the IDES offices. You can also call the IDES 800 number or visit their website on the internet.
You will be asked to fill out several detailed forms at the IDES office. There are several things that you will need to bring with you to the IDES office. Some of these things include:
- Your social security card
- A record of money that you have earned from odd jobs, etc. or other income that you have while you have been unemployed (if any)
- Your work history that includes names, addresses and telephone numbers, along with knowing the number of days that you worked for each employer
- A record of companies and/or people that you have contacted about work (if any)
- The names and birthdates of your children, as well as their social security numbers and that of your spouse
- The employment status of your spouse.
You will need to know details about your earnings, work history and your family’s employment status and social security numbers. It is imperative that you tell the truth when reporting your current status and when filing. The state of Illinois imposes jail time and up to a $500 fine for fraudulently obtaining or attempting to obtain unemployment compensation. This is for each offense.
You lose your job and file a claim at your local Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) office. You receive a written notice by mail that your application for unemployment compensation benefits has been denied.
What options do you have? What can you do? Can you appeal this denial?
You have thirty days from the date on the decision to send in a Notice of Appeal. You will then be granted a hearing before an IDES administrative law judge, called a Referee. The Referee, an attorney at law, will determine whether unemployment insurance benefits are payable to you.
If the Referee upholds your denial of benefits, you have 30 days to appeal to the Board of Review. If the Board of Review upholds your denial, you have 35 days to file an Administrative Review Action in Circuit Court.