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Illinois unemployment offices closed to public until further notice as claims spike by 64,000+ (apply for benefits online!)

July 14, 2020

On March 19, 2020, the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced the immediate closure of offices to in-person applicants.   If you are unemployed at this time, please be advised you can apply for benefits via the IDES’ online website.

Here is the temporary closure announcement:

3/19/20 – The health and safety of our customers and staff are of highest importance. In order to protect everyone through social distancing, IDES offices are closed to the public until further notice.

You may access IDES services using the following methods:To file an Unemployment Insurance claim, click here.If you have questions about Unemployment Insurance, please call our Customer Service Center at 800-244-5631 or 866-488-4016 TTY.To certify for Unemployment Insurance benefits, click here or call Tele-Serve at 312-338-4337 Monday – Friday 5:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.To post your resume, search job postings, or find a job, visit

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