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Sterling IDES Office Closed - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

1/30/19 - The IDES office located at 2323 East Lincoln Highway, Sterling, is closed as of 11:15 am for the remainder of today, Wednesday, Jan. 30, due to a power outage and current temperatures in the building.​

Gov. Pritzker Issues Disaster Proclamation Ahead of Life-Threatening Winter Storm

​1/29/19 - ​Here is the list of warming centers in counties throughout the state:  Warming Centers Statewide ​​

Governor JB Pritzker today issued a disaster proclamation for the entire state ahead of a severe winter storm that will blanket the state with life-threatening wind chills for several days.  

“This storm poses a serious threat to the well-being of people around the state, and we will use every tool at our disposal to keep our residents safe,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “This disaster proclamation ensures that the state of Illinois has the flexibility to effectively and efficiently respond to the needs of local governments during this extreme weather event.”

A state disaster declaration makes available a wide variety of state resources that can help affected communities respond and recover from the storms. The state of Illinois has mobilized personnel and assets to help local government officials with disaster response and recovery.

Most Metro Areas Continue Adding Jobs - Unemployment rate up in thirteen metros

CHICAGO (1/25/19) - Unemployment rates increased over-the-year in December in thirteen of Illinois’s metropolitan areas, and decreased in one, 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 twelve of the metropolitan areas.

“The new administration is committed to growing the economy and creating good jobs in regions across the state,” said Deputy Governor Dan Hynes. “Governor Prizker has taken action in his first weeks in office to support working families and help prepare workers for employment in growing industries. Our top priority is getting the state’s economy back on track and the governor looks forward to continuing to work with business leaders and workers to build a thriving state.”

Illinois College 2 Career

1/28/19 - IDES would like to tell you about Illinois Colleges 2 Career!
 ILC2C is a career-outcome-focused program that connects workforce statistics to in-state college and university data that enables students and parents to make informed choices about life after high school by providing real employment and educational outcomes for Illinoisans.
The idea is to help students and parents make college decisions based on the best fit college for a student. This information is gleaned from the real-time successes of a school’s graduates and includes data on graduation rates for each school, how much debt students typically incur in each of those schools, and how much they can earn after graduation from 20 different academic programs available at Illinois colleges.
Our Economic Analysis and Information Division collaborated with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to match student records with our very own IDES UI wage record data to create this informative tool.
So, this is where you come in – we need you to visit the website at and explore the site. It looks and feels like a mobile app, as it was built for today’s smart-phone savvy consumers, but it’s a website. Also, share the site with your family, friends, school contacts, networks, and any students you know who are thinking of heading to college.
This is the first time Illinois students and parents have access to information that shows how much students could potentially earn when they graduate from a two- or four-year college or university in Illinois. And we’re very proud of how this information will help guide our young people so they will choose to live, learn, and work here in Illinois.

        Find your future with Illinois College to Career!