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Preparing for Your Appeal Hearing

An appeal hearing is a fact finding process to determine whether an individual is eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. The hearing is your opportunity, as an employer or claimant, to present your case to an IDES administrative law judge, called a Referee. The Referee, an attorney at law, will determine whether unemployment insurance benefits are payable.

If you are the employer and you lose, benefits paid to the claimant may be charged against your unemployment insurance account and your unemployment insurance tax rate may increase.

File an Appeal Help and Resources

File an Appeal

  • Write a letter or complete the Request for Reconsideration of Claims Adjudicator's Determination  form within 30 days outlining why you disagree with the finding or determination.
  • Mail, fax or deliver this to your local IDES office. The address and fax number appears on the Finding or Determination.  If the reconsideration is denied, an appeal is automatically sent to the Appeals Division. You will receive a Notice of Hearing indicating the date and time of the hearing.
  • After the hearing you will receive a Decision. If you miss the Hearing, you can request to reopen the hearing within 10 days.


Mail or Fax

Mail or fax any documents or exhibits to the opposing side and the IDES Appeals Division at least 24 hours before the beginning of the hearing. Mail to the Chicago or Springfield addresses below or fax to the number printed on your Notice of Hearing.

Chicago Office I Springfield Office

Additional Information
  • On the day of the hearing, an IDES Referee will call you and the other side so both parties can state their testimony. The hearing will be recorded.
  • Click here for additional Appeal information
Appeal to the Board of Review Help and Resources

File an Appeal

If you disagree with the Decision, you can appeal the Decision to the Board of Review:
  • The appeal must be in writing or you may use form APL124F: Notice of Appeal/Board of Review 
  • You must appeal within 30 days of its issue and should state why you are appealing and include the docket number of the referee's decision.


The appeal may be sent to your local IDES office, to the Appeals Division or directly to:

Board of Review
IDES Board of Review
33 S State St, 9th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-2802

Additional Information
  • Frequently Requested Document: Appealing to the Board of Review .
  • The Board of Review will review all documents and testimony in the record and make a decision, usually without another interview or hearing.
  • If you are dissatisfied with the Board of Review Decision, you can appeal the Decision to the county Circuit Court within 35 days.