As a result of the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), several Illinois businesses have closed or adapted their business hours and processes. If you are looking for immediate job openings in the metro Chicago area please visit this link. Unemployment benefits may be available to individuals whose unemployment is attributable to COVID-19. The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) recently adopted emergency rules to try to make the unemployment insurance system as responsive to the current situation as possible. Visit the IDES website on COVID-19 Unemployment Benefits for more information. To submit a Unemployment Insurance claim online click here. On 3/26 IDES announced that it was taking steps to address the unprecedented volume of unemployment claims. More information on how IDES has improved the unemployment benefit claims process can be found in this News Release . If you are from an Illinois business that just went through a layoff you can use the Illinois workNet Company Specific Search to find you company specific layoff page to connect you to services and resources available to individuals affected by that layoff. For additional information and resources for Individuals Affected by COVID-19 check out this article.


In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, your business may be impacted for various reason and you may be left in the unfortunate position of laying off staff members. In the event of a layoff, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Local Workforce Innovation Areas Rapid Response Team offers valuable resources that may be beneficial to any affected workers. For more information on submitting a WARN Notice or creating a Company Specific Layoff page as well as other information surrounding your company and COVID-19 check out this article.