Illinois Unemployment Rules

In order to receive unemployment benefits in Illinois you must follow these rules:

1. You must be able to work, and are not disabled.
2. You must be actively looking for a job, and keeping a record of your job search.
3. You must file a weekly certification.
4. You must not make more than your weekly wage allowance. In some cases, you will be able to work while collecting unemployment - but only so much per week. Make sure when you apply for unemployment that you are very clear about how much you are able to earn each week. Your unemployment counselor will be able to tell you how much this is.

As long as you follow these Illinois unemployment rules, you will continue to receive your unemployment benefits.

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# cliff 2011-02-21 16:37
do i loose my unemplyment if i take a job for less than my unemployment
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# Bob 2011-10-03 19:59
I suspect someone is working in another state while collecting unemployment in Illinois. How can I report this to your agency.
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# Darlene 2011-12-26 10:51
Quoting Bob:
I suspect someone is working in another state while collecting unemployment in Illinois. How can I report this to your agency.


My soon to be ex has been collecting unemployment all year in IL and working Kansas for this families business. If you know of a way to report such illegal activites, I would like to know.
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# eve 2013-03-12 14:50
www.ides.illinois.gov - ro report fraud, call (877) 566-6230
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# Sherry 2011-11-02 15:37
If I accept a part-time job but earn less than I am getting in unemployment, will I lose all of my benefits? Will I still be able to receive the difference between my unemployment and what I am earning part-time?
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# Dannie 2011-11-29 16:34
I have been making many mistakes at the register as a cashier in my job. I recently made the biggest mistake of not following procedures when customer is requesting change. We are not allowed to change money for customers. I went ahead and took the money the register and laid it on the counter for the customer to go through the money. The customer ended up stealing $300. Will I be eligible for benefits if the company fires me?
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# Sara 2011-12-05 14:01
My husband and I are getting a divorce he has moved out and recieves unemployment which he claims our child. He pays no child support. Is there somewhere to report that he is claiming him but not providing for him.
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# Francisco 2011-12-14 12:20
my current company is relocating out of state and has offered me continued employment. I cannot relocate due to personal reasons and also take care of an elderly family member. Do i qualify for unemployment benefits?
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# tracy 2012-02-22 10:49
I am a temporary employee and work a ways from home. I can't work that far from home due to personal family issues. there is no other positions available for me right now. Would I qualify for unemployment if they have nothing else for me?
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# jonella 2012-04-11 09:00
If selected Da wrong key whn fileing my weekly benefits thn do not receive my benefits what do I do?
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# Betsy 2012-04-19 12:59
would unemployment benefits end if I apply for SSdisability?
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# lynn 2012-06-15 11:30
if filing for unemployment how much can a person earn a week
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# james 2012-12-17 18:36
If I was terminated do to a theft can I receive any form of unemployment benefits.
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# Pat 2013-02-05 14:36
I am full time (40 hours) because of work slow down I am only working 16 hours. Can I file for unemployment?
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# Frank 2013-04-04 15:13
I went on disability 15 months ago for a heart condition. In that time my employer let me go and replaced me. I since have been cleared from my doctor to go back to work that my heart is operating at a normal rate. Do I qualify for unemployment benefits?
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# Sue 2013-05-12 03:59
I know I am allowed to work part time and collect unemployment, and I can earn up to half of my weekly amount but is it gross or net of the weekly amount?
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# Melina 2013-07-09 20:07
I was recently informed that my position was being eliminated due to financial cuts, and only worked for the company for 6 wks. I filed for unemployment benefits and was told that my former employer is denying my claim by stating that I resigned. I received a letter from the company stating that they accepted my resignation, but I did not resign. I now have an interview with the unemployment office regarding this and my benefits are being held. There was a tentative offer for another position in the company that was less than I made at a former company and no benefits were offered. There was no letter of offer, and there was no letter of resignation. Can I still collect benefits, and should I get legal representation free to assist with the interview.
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# Kim 2013-08-22 11:17
Do i have to report any money i withdraw from a 401K to unemployment?
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