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Illinois Employment Security Advisory Board December Meeting Agenda
​12/8/17 - This agenda for the Video/Teleconference Meeting, on December 14, 2017, at 10:00 A.M., conforms to the requirements of Section 2.02 of the Illinois Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120/02). Any individual planning to attend who will need an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act should notify the ADA coordinator at (312) 793-9290 or (888) 340-1007 (TTY/Texnet).​​
Unemployment Rate Drops in All Metro Areas for Fifth Consecutive Month - Jobs increase in eight metro areas

11/22/17 - ​Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in October in all of Illinois’s metropolitan areas and in all 102 counties, 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 eight of the metropolitan areas and decreased in six.

“It is encouraging that the unemployment rate is down statewide and Illinois gained 18,200 jobs over the past year,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “However, six of the 14 metro areas did not add jobs, which is a clear sign of the need for more sustained job growth across all areas of the state.”

IDES holds Open House at the Rock Island American Job Center

​11/20/17 - The Illinois Department of Employment Security has enhanced its services at its Rock Island American Job Center office and held an Open House at the facility on Monday.

Director Jeff Mays, IDES Deputy Director Trina Taylor and local dignitaries from the Quad Cities area officially opened the doors at the 500 42nd Street Rock Island office. 

“The office is more accessible to the public and we’ll offer a wider array of services by virtue of expanding the office at the American Job Center,” Mays said. “IDES takes special pride in the relationships we have with our partner agencies in state government and collaborations like this are for the public good. We are proud to enhance these services in Rock Island.”

IDES Director Jeff Mays Shares on Embracing Collaboration for Digital Progress​

One of the many roles of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (DES) is the collection of unemployment insurance taxes for Illinois businesses. This process has historically been a laborious and paper intensive system and until recently, operated on technology that dated back to the 1990's.
When exploring options for a more automated system to run this important revenue stream for the state, DES realized that the Department of Revenue already had a system in place that could also achieve their goals with minimal customizations. Multi-agency initiatives such as this one are possible because of the digital transformation underway in Illinois. With an enterprise approach to technology, opportunities for collaboration and improved efficiencies are being recognized with increasing frequency.
As stated by DES Director Jeff Mays, "It's about the touches with the people these agencies serve. This turnaround really is happening and it's an honor to be part of this group."
Watch more from Director Mays here:
DoIT Strategy Summit
December 2017