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    In the first week that you are laid off work you should file for benefits. It is best to do it right away either online or at your local IDES center. The Illinois Department of Employment Security is geared to provide assistance when you are unemployed and you can clear up any doubts you may have about eligibility as quickly as possible. At the same time you can register for job placement right there at the IDES office or online at Illinois Skills Match. When you make your claim be ready to supply the information that they will need to process your claim.

    First on the list of course will be your social security number which you will need to verify by some means such as a valid Social Security Card or a W-2 form or even your wages check stub. Have ready the names and addresses of your employers along with the length of time you worked for them as well as a clear record of the wages you received ( do not leave out your vacation pay or your severance pay if you received them). Other information you will need to submit is whether you are presently receiving any pension such as Social Security and any other money you earn either part-time or doing odd-jobs. Have your husband´s or wife´s social security number available and state whether or not your spouse is presently working.

    Other necessary data includes the names of your children, their dates of birth and their social security numbers. This is required even if the child is a step child, and (if under 18 years old) any adopted children. If your child is disabled then age is not important. The person who takes your claim will also want to know if you have worked in any other state during the last two years or for a railroad. Also tell them if you were employed by the federal government or if you have been in the armed forces during that time period. Take great care that the information is accurate because false information or holding back data that applies to your claim would be seen as trying to receive unemployment benefits fraudulently which could incur fines or even a prison sentence. All this information can be presented online or at your local IDES office.

    You can then check the status of the claim calling Tele-Serve at 1-888-337 -7234 or TDD/TTY 1-800-662-3943. If you need to locate your nearest IDES office you can call 1-888-367-4382. They will get you started on your job search too. Illinois Skills Match connects people with available jobs by matching the potential employee with any offers of work that come up. IDES is an equal opportunity employer which follows all non discrimination laws whether state or federal in all its programs. If you have a disability you should request auxiliary aids and services. This can be done at the IDES office or bay calling (312) 793-9290 or TTY (888) 340-1007.

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