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IDES Offices Closed Monday, February 12 in Observance of State Holiday

​All IDES employment offices and workNet centers will be closed Monday, February 12, 2018 in observance of Lincoln's Birthday. In addition, the Joliet IDES office closed at 3 p.m., Friday, February 9 due to inclement weather.  All offices will re-open Tuesday, February 13, 2018 for normal business hours. 

Unemployment Rate Drops in All Metro Areas - Jobs increase in nine of 14 metro areas

​​1/25/18 - Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in December in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas for the seventh consecutive month, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Data also show nonfarm jobs increased in nine of the metropolitan areas.

“Eleven metro areas saw their lowest December unemployment rates since 2006,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “The unemployment rate also decreased in all 102 counties over the year.”

IDES Statement on the Federal Shutdown

​1/22/18 - Due to the federal budget impasse, the Federal Government partially shut down its services throughout the country. Current Unemployment Insurance claimants will not be impacted by the shutdown. The Illinois Department of Employment Security local offices and call centers will remain open and IDES will continue to pay unemployment benefits and assist job seekers. If you are a current claimant, please continue filing your bi-weekly certification. 


Message regarding your 1099-G​

1/12/18 - If you collected unemployment insurance benefits in 2017, you will need the 1099-G tax form to complete federal and state tax returns. If you chose to receive your 1099-G electronically, you can access it here.
It’s easy.
Click the link Get Your Tax Information, and sign into your account. If you did not choose electronic notification, your form will be mailed to you by January 29th, to the last address we have on file.​
Please contact the Unemployment Insurance Claims Hotline at 1-800-244-5631 if you have any questions.

Use MyTax Illinois to Complete Your Illinois Unemployment Insurance Processin​g – All Online!

Employers can now use MyTax Illinois to complete all your unemployment insurance (UI) tax processes. There are now even more features and functionality to better serve your needs.

With MyTax Illinois, employers will be able to:
  • ✓ File your UI wage reports and make your payments quickly and easily
  • ✓ Request refunds online – get your refunds faster
  • ✓ Submit tax appeals electronically
  • ✓ Request penalty/interest waivers
  • ✓ Maintain Power of Attorney relationships
  • ✓ Report quarterly zero wages
  • ✓ View your new annual rates immediately
  • ✓ Set up a deferred payment plan
  • ✓ See all your tax related IDES letters and correspondence online
  • ✓ And much, much more...
We encourage you to fully utilize MyTax Illinois for all your State of Illinois tax needs. Please visit the IDES Employer Update page at or contact the IDES Employer Hotline at 1-800-247-4984 for more information.  Thank you!
Jeffrey D. Mays 
Director, IDES 
February 2018