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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND) - Governor JB Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Employment Security are taking extra steps to streamline unemployment claims. 

Below are the steps being added: 

  • The website has been moved to new hardware infrastructure to handle the increased demand
  • Web, storage, and processing capacity has been increased to meet needs of increased traffic
  • Methods have been implemented to track COVID-19-related claims
  • Call center capacity has been increased
  • Daily call center hours have been extended to respond to those waiting in the queue after closure
  • Call center staff has been supplemented by 40% to cut down on wait times
  • Both the website and the call center will continue to be monitored for improvements in functions and abilities

IDES is also asking people to adhere to a new alphabetized schedule for filing an unemployment benefit claim. 

Online Filing Schedule:

  •  Those with last names beginning with letters A-M will be asked to file their claims on Sundays, Tuesdays, or Thursdays. 
  •  Those with last names beginning with letters N-Z will be asked to file their claims on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays.
  •  Saturdays will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.

Call Center Filing Schedule:

  •  Those with last names beginning with letters A-M will be asked to call on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 7:30am – 6pm. 
  •  Those with names beginning with letters N-Z will be asked to call on Mondays and Wednesdays between 7:30am – 6pm.
  •  Fridays (7:30am – 6pm) will be available for anyone to accommodate those who could not file during their allotted window.

The day or time of day in which a claim is filed will not impact whether you receive benefits or your benefit amount.  Additionally, claims will be back-dated to reflect the date in which a claimant was laid-off or let go from their job due to COVID-19.

For questions and how to file, click here