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IDES Newsletter - October

Illinois Department of Employment Security

Message from the Director of IDES


You received this note because you provided the e-mail address to the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

Since being appointed Director a little over a year ago, I have focused on three main priorities: to turn the IDES into the state's employment office; improving our customer service; and cracking down on waste, fraud and abuse.

We use a variety of communication tools to explain how the IDES helps business owners and workers throughout Illinois and our neighboring states. I hope you find these e-mail updates informative.

Jay Rowell, DirectorJay Rowell, Director
Illinois Department of Employment Security

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Message from Governor Pat Quinn

I've always believed in some simple ideas: an honest day's pay for an honest day's work, a living wage so hard-working people can pay their bills and that the best social policy ever devised is a job. As we dig out from the national economic crisis, I'm pleased to report that businesses are hiring again and here in Illinois, we are working every day to ensure that every person who wants a job can get a job.

The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) e-Newsletter is a useful tool for those looking for a job and those looking for workers. With each e-mail, I'll be discussing with you some of the popular services, workshops and job fairs offered by IDES.

For example, is an excellent on-line resource that empowers you to build your resume, learn interview techniques and find potential jobs nearby. It's easy and free. Plus, workshops are hosted almost daily across Illinois.

Since the moment I took office, my top priority has been jobs. If you are currently without a job, please take advantage of and the IDES workshops. Next time, I'll be discussing opportunities for veterans.

Pat Quinn, Governor


Pat Quinn

Governor of Illinois

Looking for Work? Or for a Worker?

IDES is an employment agency. The days of the unemployment office are gone. Every day, we help put people back to work. For businesses, our no-cost HR services have helped Fortune 100 companies and Mom-and-Pop shops from Chicago to Cairo. For workers, our skills assessment teams have helped individuals find meaningful employment.
The first step is with is the revamped IDES employment website that links job seekers with ready-to-hire employers. This no-cost, on-line career resource allows individuals to create multiple resumes that emphasize different talents and allows businesses to search for specific skills. The keyword matching technology increases the likelihood of a successful new hire. Illinois JobLink emphasizes Illinois jobs, scrapes other commercial job boards, and compares favorably to private efforts that cost hundreds of dollars for a single advertisement.
Today, there are more than 120,000 help-wanted ads and more than 70,000 resumes in The path to a brighter future begins at

Are you a Veteran? Looking to Hire one?

VeteranDid you know that the Illinois Department of Employment Security is charged with helping Veterans find employment? More than 600 job seekers attended a recent Veteran job fair to mingle with 101 employers who had open positions and were hiring.
In fact, 38 job offers were made on the spot. And another 43 scheduled follow-up interviews. Mark your calendars for the upcoming Veteran Job Fairs:
  • Nov. 7 : Suburban Advocacy for Veterans Employment A Hiring Our Heroes Event with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Tellabs Center 1415 West Diehl Road, Naperville, Illinois, 60653 : 9 a.m. - 2p.m.
  • Nov. 8 : Chicago Gaelic Park 6119 147th Street Oak Forest, Illinois, 60452 : 10 a.m. -3 p.m.
  • Nov. 8 : Bartonville National Guard Armory 3101 Airport Road Bartonville, Illinois 61607 : 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Nov. 8 : Southwestern Illinois College 2500 Carlyle Ave. Belleville, Illinois, 62221 : 8:30 am - Noon
  • Nov. 8 : Effingham National Guard Armory 1206 West Temple Avenue Effingham, Illinois, 62401 : 9 a.m. - Noon
  • Nov. 9 : National Guard Armory 600 E. University Avenue Urbana, Illinois, 61822 : 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Nov. 9 : Wilbur Wright College 4300 North Narragansett Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60634 : 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Nov. 15 : Rolland Lewis Community Building 800 South 27th Street Mt. Vernon, Illinois, 62864 : 9 a.m. - Noon

Go On-line And be On-time

Did You Know?If you are eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, then you already know that you must certify for benefits every two weeks. Did you know that people can certify for benefits on-line using the internet? It's fast, easy and more reliable than the telephone. Go to and manage your account in the top-right corner.
Why use the telephone when the on-line certification is faster, easier and more reliable?
Next time you certify, Go On-line and be on-time.

The Business of Business: What am I Missing?

As a business owner, you make difficult decisions each day. Let's make sure those difficult decisions do not involve the IDES. Each year, the IDES holds hundreds of business workshops to make it easier for your company to grow and succeed. Did you know that reporting new-hires helps combat fraud and saves you money? That there are several options when paying employment taxes, and one might help you save money? That your new hire this year might be eligible for a tax break which could save you money?
Contact your local business organization or Chamber of Commerce to schedule an IDES Business Roundtable today.
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