Glossary

Glossary

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Acceptable reason of separation No-fault circumstance that leads to the termination of employment, i.e. layoff or discharge.
Acquittal A legal judgment, based on the decision of either a jury or a judge, that an accused is not guilty of the crime for which he or she has been charged and tried.
Additional Claim A claim filed at the beginning of a second or subsequent break in employment within a benefit year.
Adjudicator Someone who presides, judges and arbitrates during a formal dispute. The term adjudicator essentially means a judge, without invoking the legal term.
Appeal The process of agency or judicial review of a finding, determination, or decision.
Arraignment The first appearance before the court by a person charged, at which time he or she is advised of pending charges, the right to counsel, and the right to trial by jury.
Arrest Warrant An order made on behalf of the state, based on a complaint, and signed by a judge authorizing police to arrest a person thought to have committed a crime. A person arrested on a warrant stays in jail until bail is posted or until released by order of the court.
ATC Adult Transitional Center. IDOC facilities which allow inmates to leave for work, education, or other approved purposes.
Average Weekly Benefit Amount Total benefit payments made during a period divided by weeks compensated.
Aftercare ReleaseSimilar to parole, for juveniles; means the conditional and revocable release of a person committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice under the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice. This conditional freedom is granted by a judicial officer to an alleged or adjudicated delinquent offender, as long as the person meets certain conditions. The period of probation may not exceed five years or extend beyond the offender's 21st birthday, whichever is less.