If you don't agree with the Referee's decision, you may file an appeal with the Board of Review. You may be able to get a free lawyer through the Illinois Department of Employment Security to help you in the process.
You will probably get the Referee’s decision in the mail within a week after your hearing. You must file a written appeal within 30 days of the mailing date listed on the Referee's decision. Make sure you do not miss this important piece of mail because you only have 30 days to appeal or you will not be able to have any further appeals.
An appeal can be done in a letter. In the letter, you should explain why you think the Referee's decision was wrong, based only on the evidence presented at the hearing.
In deciding what you want to write in your appeal letter, you should carefully read the Referee's decision and why the Referee found in favor of your employer. You should discuss each point you disagree with. You can do some research online and see what other people wrote in their appeal letters. Make sure your letter does not have spelling mistakes, is properly formatted and appears professional. Try to have your letter proofread by another person, as they may see something that needs to be corrected. You should show this other person the Referee's decision and ask them if they have any other ideas of things to include in your letter.
Updated: June 2017