|Getting Emergency Unemployment Compensation and Extended Benefits||
Last updated: October 2012
Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) gives more unemployment benefits to people who used up all their state benefits. People in Illinois could get up to 47 more weeks of benefits. The EUC program is set to end on December 28, 2013 according to current federal law.
The Extended Benefit (EB) program ended on May 12, 2012, and no additional benefits are available unless:
If you are getting or used to get unemployment benefits, you most likely qualify. You can get EUC once your regular state unemployment benefits run out. This can happen in two ways:
Additionally, you must:
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will mail you a letter if you are eligible. The letter will contain paperwork regarding a skills assessment and work search history. This paperwork must be completed and brought to an interview at your local office. Individuals who do not complete the paperwork prior to the interview risk losing benefits.
If you still receive normal unemployment benefits from Illinois, they will tell you how to apply. If your benefit year has ended, they will tell you how to file a new claim.
For more information, you should contact your local IDES office for more information.
You will get the same weekly amount in unemployment benefits as before.
If you get benefits by direct deposit or debit card, you may get the first payment within two days of certification. If you get your benefits by check, it could take longer.
The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) will go back 3 years to check if you are eligible. Even if you did not get EUC right away, you might still be eligible if your benefits ran out after May, 2007.
Contact your local IDES office to find out more information.
Emergency Unemployment Compensation currently provides up to 37 weeks of extended benefits. At certain points, your application will automatically be reconsidered.
You will report the same information to Illinois Department of Employment Security as required by your old unemployment benefits. Additionally you must participate in an in-person interview with IDES to assess job skills, and show up-to-date examples of your on-going work search to be eligible for Emergency Unemployment Compensation.
For more information, see the following resources:
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