Illinois Unemployment Extension - EUC08 Tier 4

Tier 4 EUC08: 6 week maximum unemployment extension.

If your Illinois unemployment benefits run out you might be eligible to receive extended unemployment benefits through one of the state or federal unemployment extension programs.

This federal unemployment extension programs is called Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (Also known as EUC08).

Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08) includes 4 stages, or tiers. Each tier has a different maximum time period for which your unemployment extension will last:

Tier 4 EUC08: 6 week maximum unemployment extension.

If you use up all of your regular unemployment benefits, in most cases you don't have to apply for an unemployment extension because the system automatically applies for you, if you are eligible. It is very important that you keep track of your benefits to make sure you receive your unemployment extension if you are eligible.

If you get close to your unemployment benefits running out, give your unemployment counselor a call to check to see what you have to do in order to get they unemployment extension.

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# Janine 2012-02-27 14:07
I ran out of unemployment in Oct. 2011 I am working only 1 day a wk. in retail. I apply for jobs daily and never have had trouble finding jobs in my life as I work in medical field. I received the whole 99 wks. Are there any other extensions available? I can't survive much longer.
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# Deborah 2012-09-12 10:56
I am looking for work nearly every day and getting desperate. I am almost through with tier 3. Is tie 4 still available
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# kevin 2012-09-14 13:49
I have worked hard my entire life and now am looking poverty straight in the face. I have been a lifelong democrat, but suddenly after receiving some unemployment comp for help and after getting IN WRITING that I would be able to survive at least till January with some small benefits, Illinois has pulled out the rug & reneged on my final 5 months of comp! I was getting close to a new job and now have NOTHING to cintinue my search efforts. THANKS ALOT, MR. PRESIDENT & GOVERNOR QUINN!
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# Quee 2012-09-24 11:43
Now that Illinois unemployment rate went back above 9.0%, will Tier 4 Benefits be reinstated?
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# james 2013-01-25 02:07
The ides office in chicago is a joke. You call and call no one answers. You call the main numbef and it hangs up on you. No one cares for us out of work but yet looking. It starts with the govenor. Heartless
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# Dwayne 2013-05-06 09:38
I received an e-mail several weeks ago indicating that I may qualify for Tier 4 unemployment benefits. The e-mail indicated that I should call my local umemployment office. I did. I spoke to someone who told me that I do qualify for the benefits and that I would receive a letter indicating what I needed to do to get the benefits. Almost 4 weeks have passed and I still haven't received a letter. When I call my unemployment office, I get a message indicating that there are so many people calling that no calls are being accepted.
I haven't gone to the office because it's always crowded and I know that I would just be sent back home and told to wait for the letter I need.
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