Filing For Unemployment Compensation In Illinois

If you are unemployed through involuntary termination and live in Illinois, then you may be able to receive unemployment compensation through the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

You have just been involuntarily removed from your job. You are unemployed and there are bills to pay. Before panic sets in, realize that the government does provide assistance while you are looking for your next job. In Illinois, unemployment compensation (unemployment insurance) is provided through the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES).

There are several qualifications you must meet to qualify for unemployment compensation in Illinois. These include an ability and availability for work and a certain level of recent compensation. You are also required to actively look for work while on unemployment insurance and sign up for the IDES job placement service. Further details are given at the IDES office.

To apply for unemployment compensation, quickly (the day after termination) report to the nearest IDES office. When you were terminated, you should have received a IDES brochure, What Every Worker Should Know About Unemployment Insurance. The brochure lists the address of some offices. You can also call the IDES 800 number or visit their web site. Once you are at the office, you will be asked to fill out several detailed forms. Some of the things you will need to bring with you:

· Your official social security card

· A record of companies/people you have contacted about jobs (if any)

· Your work history, including names, addresses, and telephone numbers. You will also need to know the number of days you worked for each.

· A record of money you have earned from odd jobs, etc. or other income while unemployed (if any).

· Names and birthdates of your children as well as social security numbers of your children and spouse.

· Your spouse's employment status.

Among other things, you will need to know details about your work history, your earnings, and your family's employment status and social security numbers. Throughout the process, it is important to understand that you must tell the truth when filing and when reporting your current status. 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.

Once you are registered, unemployment checks will arrive every other week. To receive these checks, you must file a report every two weeks. This can be done over the telephone. You will be prompted to answer several questions about your job hunting and if you received any wages or other compensation during the covered period. If you do not file the report, you do not receive your check. You may also be required to periodically report to the IDES office to discuss job hunting activity or other matters related to your eligibility.

Once you get another job, indicate so when you complete the next report. This will trigger a discontinuation of your unemployment compensation checks. At the end of the year, you will receive a form 1099-G indicating the amount of unemployment compensation you received through IDES. You must report this as income on your federal income tax return because it is taxable to you.

As an employed person, part of the withholding from your paycheck each week is to fund the unemployment insurance program. You pay into this program when you are employed so that you can draw upon it if needed.

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