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Metro Area Job Data Mixed - Unemployment Rates Increase in All Metro Areas

​4/21/16 - All metropolitan areas in Illinois experienced over the year unemployment rate increases for the second 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).

Public Notice Regarding the Consent Decree in Welch v. Bowling

​Interested parties have until May 6, 2016, which is 60 days from the date of this Public Notice, to file with the Court written objections to IDES’s motion to amend the Consent Decree to remove the requirement to publish the Complete Reporter. The objection should be filed with the Cook County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Daley Center, 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602, located on the seventh floor, using the case caption. For more information...

Illinois Adds 14,700 Jobs; Unemployment Rate Rises to 6.5% - Annual Growth Rate Remains Significantly Below National Average

4/14/16 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced today that Illinois’ unemployment rate in March rose 0.1 percentage points to 6.5 percent and nonfarm payrolls increased by +14,700 jobs, based on preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and IDES.

Doing Your Taxes? 1099-G tax forms for individuals who received UI benefits


2/24/16 - If you collected unemployment insurance last year, you will need the 1099-G tax form from IDES to complete your tax returns, both federal and state.​  

The 1099-G tax forms were distributed in January. If you did not register for the email notification, the 1099-G tax form was mailed to your home.  More information & instructions can be found here.   


 Important Information on Recent Changes to the Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act  


1/11/16 - Governor Rauner signed Public Act 99-0488 into law on December 4, 2015, which provides for changes to key sections of the Illinois Unemployment Insurance (UI) Act.  Among these changes are:   

Elimination of Social Security Offset - UI benefits will no longer be reduced by the amount of social security payments a claimant receives (Section 611).  Note that the change in the law does not apply to any weeks that began before January 3, 2016. 

If you receive social security payments and you have continued to timely certify for benefits, IDES will make the necessary adjustments to reflect the law change in your benefit payment for the week ending January 9, 2016 and thereafter. 

If you receive social security payments and you have stopped certifying for UI benefits, but are still unemployed and otherwise meet the eligibility requirements under Illinois law, you may reopen your claim online at or by calling Claimant Services at (800) 244-5631. 

Definition of Misconduct - The General Assembly expanded the definition of misconduct to include eight new disqualifying provisions. Note that the new provisions added to Section 602A do not replace or preempt the general definition of “misconduct” or its judicial and administrative precedent. Instead, the new sections supplement existing law.
More information regarding changes to the Act can be found here.