Illinois Unemployment If You Get Fired

Generally, in Illinois you have to have lost your job through no fault of your own in order to collect unemployment.

In most cases, this means that if you get fired, you cannot collect unemployment benefits.

If you get fired from your job, you should go ahead and apply for unemployment benefits, because there are some cases where you can be fired from your job and still get benefits.

If you feel like you were fired unfairly, or there were extenuating circumstances, be sure to tell you unemployment counselor about them. If your unemployment application is denied because you were fired, you also have the right to appeal the decision.

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To go the main Illinois Unemployment page, click here: Illinois Unemployment

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# Kate 2011-08-04 10:16
Position recently eliminated. WIll collected severance. can I still collect unemployment?
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# Collin 2011-10-13 20:01
Hello:) I worked for a moving company and I was fired from my job for not wearing my workshirt when it was 80-90 degrees out, we were also loading a shipping container which ups the heat a lot. I knew that it was company policy to wear my shirt but I was feeling exhaused and overheated so I took my shirt off to protect my health and look out for my well being. If they deny my claim and I appeal do I have a good chance of collecting? and also my boss is such a jerk and always yelled and swore and verbally abused me and other employes, and has tried to fire me before for no reason before can I bring these things up? I was such a hard worker, and busted my back for 4 years always showed up to work, even when I was injured or sick! please give me some advice. Thank you:)
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# Beth 2011-11-17 15:07
I have worked for the same company in Illinois for seven years. I was hired for mon through fri and never had sat as an available day to work. I have been told I really need to work saturday since they are letting their sat girl go. They are offering a day off during the week. I have other personal commitments on sat and have never worked or ever said I would or could work on sat. I have stressed I dont work saturdays. If they say I have to work sat and I say no and because of that they fire me would I be eligible for unemployment?
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# Shaun 2011-11-23 15:49
If im drawing unemployment from two employers and one employer accepts and the other denies can i still recieve benefits?
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# Derek 2012-01-18 16:20
I work for an organization that hires temporary help. Our policy states we can let go any individuals hired under 90 days for no reason at all. Do these individuals qualify for unemployment-and if so-is there a time limit an individual must work before they qualify?
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# Nick 2012-04-23 17:06
I am on a tier 2 federal extension from when I was laid off last year due to no fault of my own. I just started a new job last week and one of the employee's threatened my life for no reason when I told my supervisor they told me to leave the office right now that person did not say anything to you they had been there for four years with no problems. now I am afraid to go back if I don't go back I will lose my unemployment benefits? what am I to do I don't want to get fired for my life being threatened and if I quit I will definitely lose any additional benefits coming to me , will the employer send a letter to IDES if I am fired? I don't see why I am not collecting benefits from them. PLEASE HELP
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# Stacy 2012-05-17 14:48
If I work in MO and live in IL do i collect unemployment from IL or MO ?
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# sharon 2012-06-18 14:56
from ILLINOIS: my husband is part of a union but works for a company. he has to miss work because of his back, (prior surgery). He gets hurt alot at work because of his back issues but he has never filed a work comp case.. he wants to work and doesn't want to screw the company over like some people do. Is there a chance that the company can fire him legally? He works some days and then might have to take a day or two off; he might work 2 full weeks but then have to take a day or 2 off. If they fire him do you think he would still be eligible for benefits?
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# bob 2012-11-23 15:55
j have only worked for my current employer for two months, but i worked for my previous employer for 11 years . recently i had a circulation problem which slowed me down so i was sent home until it is corrected. i have been off now for two weeks , can i draw unemployment?
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# jeanne 2012-12-20 00:09
I was fired for "falsifying a document". This was definitely not done intentionally or willfully. Will I qualify for unemployment benefits?
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# Martha 2013-05-02 14:13
I was fired for not showing up to work, although I have a hospital emergency note.
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# Jessica 2013-05-15 10:37
I have been at my job for 2 1/2 years. I am a cashier and I rang up my order by myself instead of having someone else ring me up. I know we are not suppose to do this, but other employees do it, and alot worse and they do not get in trouble. Then my boss started accusing me of not paying at all even though I had my receipt. So I got fired me and was wondering if I would be eligible for unemployment since they have no proof that I stole anything.
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# Jaime 2013-07-12 11:54
Are there answers to these questions posted anywhere?
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