How To Collect Unemployment in the State of Illinois

You are a resident of Illinois and you’ve just lost your job and now have no income. That is a scary situation for many people, especially if you have a family to support. So how do you make up for some of that lost income? You should file for unemployment as soon as possible. In fact, you should file unemployment the same day if possible. You do not have to file for unemployment in Illinois right away, but you will want to start the process as soon as possible so that there is no major gap in income.

In Illinois, filing unemployment is done online. Filing for unemployment in Illinois requires you to have certain information handy so that you can collect unemployment. You will need:

  • The names, social security numbers and dates of birth of your dependents (if any).
  • Your recent employers’ names, addresses, phone numbers, employment dates and reasons for separation.
  • Your alien registration card (for non-U.S. citizens).
  • Gross wages earned since Sunday (if any).
  • Your social security number

Once you have this information handy, you are ready to open your Illinois unemployment file. Your unemployment filing can be done even if you are out of state. Filing for unemployment out of the state of Illinois can be done one of two ways – either by filing online or over the phone. The State of Illinois encourages claimants to file online, rather than calling in. Calling to file a claim is not an available option to claimants inside Illinois.

Once you file your claim, Illinois offers a lot of options to collect unemployment. You can receive direct deposit of your benefits straight into your bank account. You can receive a debit card that carries your unemployment benefits and can be used to purchase items or pay bills.

The State of Illinois offers benefits to you so that you can survive while finding other work. Many people have filed for unemployment insurance because they have lost their jobs. The important thing to remember is that you are not alone and there is hope!

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