Illinois Unemployment If You Get Laid-off

Generally, in Illinois you have to have lost your job through no fault of your own in order to collect unemployment. When you get laid-off, it is not your fault.

In almost all cases, this means that if you get laid-off, you are eligible to collect unemployment benefits.

If you get laid-off from your job, you should immediately apply for unemployment benefits.

Getting laid-off doesn't mean that you were fired. Getting laid-off doesn't mean that you did something wrong. Getting laid-off means that they company that you worked for did not have enough work for you to do, and could no longer afford to pay you to do your job.

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# Jenn 2011-03-19 20:20
Ive been working for local government for over 6 years and have been laid off. They said my health insurance benefits terminate the same day. Is that legal?
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# Ash 2011-04-28 11:45
I work for a university (not as a teacher). I am a 10 month contract employee. Will I be able to collect unemployment insurance for the 2 months that I am laid off?
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# james 2011-07-13 08:52
I gave my employer a Doctors note saying I should be put on light duty. I am willing, avaliable and ready to work, but work laid me off due to this. I wanted to know am I able to collect unemployment? I live in Illinois
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# Toni 2012-01-02 22:01
I am being laid off due to the relocation of the company I worked for. I heard there was funding to go back to school through the Obama act. Is this true? If so, what steps do I need to take?
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# Matt 2012-03-15 13:47
I live in Illinois, and was just laid off. I haven't filed state taxes since i have started working here. It has been about 5 years. I had state taxes withheld by my employer, but never filed my tax returns. Will this disqualify me from collecting unemployment?
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# KaDee 2012-06-18 12:30
If my position is being eliminated and they offer me a new position in a different line of work and I refuse it can I still file for unemployment.
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# mae 2013-01-25 12:16
i had a forty hour a week job at $10.00 an hour and got laid off i want to know if i have to take a job at less pay and less hours
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# Robert 2013-02-25 14:18
I started anew job on 02-01-2013 and I worked for 11 days then they laid me off. Can I collect unemployment?
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# Lonnie 2013-07-31 13:14
ive been collecting Illinois unemployment for a couple months and got called back to work for one week , I worked one week and got layed off again so on my certification date I worked one week making 1200.00 and didn't work the second week do I need to re-open or just continue with my regular certification date claiming the one week I worked ? I understand that I only get one week of unemployment but I don't want to lose it so what do I need to do?
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# Drea 2013-08-05 12:09
I was fired by a temporary agency after working only 4 shifts for them. I was fired after being set up by an employee at the facility I was working at after she blamed me for her error. I sent the employer 4 letters explaining the situation but they were all returned to me unopened. I was already receiving unemployment benefits and reported the income during my weekly certification. While certifying, one of the questions asked was why I was no longer working there. When I clicked on the menu of responses, there was no option for "Fired" so I clicked on "Laid Off" since it was the closest to the truth. The employer never contested it so I'm still classified as laid off instead of fired. I did receive UE benefits from this employer but when I went to the employment office to try to get this fixed I was told that since the employer never contested it that nothing would be changed. Now I'm concerned that this employer may be bad mouthing me partly 'cause they think I lied about being fired to the employment office. Is there anything that can be done about this now?
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# charlonda 2013-09-08 10:19
i was wondering ,if my job is relocating what kind of stipulations will UE put on me, as far as going to school? Also can i attend school full time and collect UE? are there any programs for this sort of situation and funds?
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# Sana Sultana 2017-06-20 23:07
My husband laid off from his job in November 2016 still not get job and our medical insurance cancelled the same day
and I had so many medical issue can't able to go to hospital because of no medical insurance please help me to sought out of this problem

Thank you
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