Illinois Unemployment Insurance benefits is an option for tier 5 residents who have lost employment through no fault of their own. The State of IL provides assistance in the form of state benefits set by Federal and Illinois State laws.

Illinois Unemployment Insurance Act

Illinois insurance tier amounts are determined by the amount you were earning before being laid off. Keep in mind, there are requirements to qualify for insurance in Illinois to begin with, like how many weeks you worked at your previous job.

State benefits are generally offered for a 26 week maximum. It is important to note that when the rate in Illinois is higher than usual, unemployed Illinois residents can qualify for an extension. The State will compensate you for 50% percent of wage amounts you've previously earned (in most cases).

For the State of IL, unemployed workers are expected to continue to search for new employment
in order to maintain eligibility of

Illinois Dept of Unemployment Insurance

Requirements for compensation amounts and lengths of benefits depend on the current rate. Full detail on all requirements in regards to the Fed extended compensation can be found on the main IL claims page.

Illinois Unemployment Insurance Benefits

(State UI)

Those who have exhausted all original UI are entitled to extended benefits or extension IF the rate is higher than usual.

Under these circumstances, the basic extended benefits program in actually provides up to 13 extra weeks of compensation. As of 2012, IL has implemented a voluntary program to compensate another 7 weeks all the way up to 20 weeks at maximum.

Return to the IL state filing section.