Illinois Unemployment Base Period

Your base period is the period of time that you worked, prior to losing your job in which you establish the amount of money that you will receive in unemployment. The more money that you made in your base period, the larger the amount that you will recieve every week for unemployment.

The base period is a period of one year, and does not include the most recent quarter (most recent three months).

For example, if you lost your job on April 1 2010, and filed for unemployment that same day -- your base period would be January 1 2009 to December 31 2009. Remember - the base period does not include the most recent three months - so your base period does not include January 1, 2010 to March 30, 2010.

Effect of Base Period on Filing A Second Unemployment Claim, after your unemployment benefits have run out: If you did not work during your base period, you generally are not eligible to receive unemployment benefits. If you only received unemployment income during your base period - there is a big chance you will not receive further unemployment benefits if filing an entirely new claim.

The counselors at your local unemployment office are very knowledgable professionals and can help you understand how to calculate your base period. Also, if your regular or extended unemployment benefits run out, or stop, you should go ahead and file for unemployment again, and talk with an unemployment counselor about your case.

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# matthew 2012-01-27 11:06
I just lost my job. I was only employed from Nov 7 - January 27th and I wasnt working the previous year. Can I still collect unemployment?
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# CM 2012-07-26 16:20
How much can one earn in a given week without endangering or reducing one's unemployment benefits?
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# John 2012-07-28 14:35
I was active duty military from June 2005-June 2010. I received unemployment benefits(UCX) from June 2010 - Aug 2010, it stopped when I began a bachelors degree program. I have not worked while attending school and will graduate in Dec. 2012. Will I be eligible for unemployment benefits after graduating if I don't find work, considering I have not worked for approx. 2 1/2 years.
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# G 2012-12-06 12:31
I, live in Illinois I recently went back to work from July thru October of 2012, I was let go around 10 days before my probation period would had ended. This was my firest job since I was laid-off in 2008. So I went and filed for employment insurance next day my employment ended in October, 2012. Recieved a UI finding in mail stating that you had exhausted all entitledment to benefits since had not worked since July/2010, so I went back and file an appeal stating I did work and given information again regarding the employer to where I as recently worked. Then a employment at the employment agency given me a form to take to my employer to file out the base period information went to the employer to do so return it back to IDES { IIlinois Department of Employment Insurnace} so in meantime I keep ceritifying benefits bi-weeking aswhile they keep dening go back they say do not have money in base period and can not file or claim in current base period finally ater 4 times going back and forth to IDES employer states to come back on Dec. 29 2012 to file a new claim not realizing after I was trying to do research to understand base period eligibilty showing that Dec. 29th is a Saturday so it seem this is another way deny me benefits I had call the claim department head office to complain and they had advse me they the did not see a appeal form me in their system. so just do not know what to do if anything can be done
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# mark71 2013-06-29 03:27
I left my job January 14th to try and go back to school and try to get a part time job. since I have not been able to find a job would I still be able to claim unemployment
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# squirrel 2013-07-25 14:15
The most recent start date is when you started your job right? Say it was 4/2009. I was fired on 7/2013 due to medical reasons.
The 3rd question is During this period, how many days did you work. What is the PERIOD that they are asking about? I can't add up 4 years of days worked...
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