Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own that meet Illinois' eligibility requirements.
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have worked in Illinois during the past 12 to 18 months, and have earned at least a minimum amount of wages as determined by our guidelines. You must also be able to, available for, and actively seeking work each week that you are collecting benefits.
Illinois now offers improved and expanded internet filing and online certification for most unemployment claims. Apply for Unemployment Insurance on the Illinois Department of Employment Security.