Illinois Department of Employment Security

Illinois Department of Employment Security
Provides employment services for the jobless as well as the under-employed, matching employer labor needs with the skills of job seekers.
State-wide (Illinois)


Illinois Employment Service

The purpose of Illinois Employment Security is to help you find a job. To qualify for unemployment insurance benefits, you must register for work with the Employment Service and you must report to the office whenever you are asked to do so. If you do not, your benefits may be affected. To help you find employment, some specialized services are available if needed. They include assistance for veterans (including preferential referrals to jobs); selective placement of workers with disabilities and counseling of workers with special problems.

Illinois Job Search

Helps identify job openings and lists resumes. For more information visit:

Re-entry Employment Service Program

The Re-entry Employment Service Program (RESP) serves Illinoisans who are currently, or have in the past been, subject to any stage of the criminal justice process and who require assistance in overcoming barriers to employment resulting from a record of arrest or conviction.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Unemployment insurance is a State of Illinois-operated insurance program designed to partially compensate you for loss of wages when you are out of work. Like fire, accident, health, and other types of insurance, it is for an emergency: when you are temporarily or permanently out of a job or if you work less than full time because of lack of work.

Veteran Services

IDES offices have Veteran Employment Representatives to assist with job search, training, and other veterans' benefits. Job search assistance includes resume preparation, resource materials, job search workshops, interviewing techniques, internet access, labor market information, and self-assessment, and veterans' grants. For more information visit:


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Last Updated: 07/20/2021 at 08:55 AM