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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.

If you are a civilian employee of the Federal government and placed on non-pay status (furlough) due to the Federal shutdown, you may file a claim for benefits by calling our Claimant Service Center at 800-244-5631. In anticipation of long wait times due to the volume of applications, you may take advantage of the automatic call back feature. You may also file a claim in-person at an office nearest you.

Since other federal workers will also be on furlough status and we may experience a delay receiving your employment and wages from your federal agency to establish your unemployment claim, you will need to provide:

  • Personal information such as your social security number, full name, address, and date of birth;

  • Employment information such as your employer’s correct name and payroll address, as well as your last duty station. If you were given a Standard Form-8 or Standard Form-50 by your Federal employer, please have the form available when you apply for benefits;

  • Proof of wages for up to the last 18 months: Earnings and leave statements for the fourth quarter 2016 through December 2017. We will ask you to provide us these documents upon filing a claim.

As a general rule, you have to be unemployed for most or all of the week in order to be eligible for benefits. If your earnings in any week exceed your weekly benefit amount, you are not eligible for benefits for that week. (If later the federal government pays it, this would include back pay for time you were off work.) Unemployment benefits are determined on a weekly basis and a week of unemployment is for the period from Sunday through Saturday.  The first week that you are deemed eligible will be a waiting week. You are not paid for the waiting week.

For more information regarding UI eligibility, please contact us or visit our website at