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IDES Privacy Statement

Disclosure of Information

You have entered the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) web site, an official Illinois government system which may be used only for authorized purposes. Thank you for visiting us. IDES ("the Department") is committed to protecting the privacy rights of Illinois employers, workers, and citizens. These rights are established by state and federal law, including but not limited to the Unemployment Insurance Act, the Social Security Act, the Workforce Investment Act, the Illinois Administrative Code, and the Department's policies and practices. No information you provide to us on any IDES document or form, or pursuant to any Departmental service will be disclosed except in accordance with the confidentiality provisions of the applicable laws. Unlawful or unauthorized disclosure of confidential information by the Department is strictly prohibited. Information you provide us may in certain situations become public records and/or subject to disclosure under applicable law. No personal information you provide to us will be sold or rented to any entity or individual.

Collection of Information

We will not collect personal information about you just because you visit this web site. In order to improve the usefulness of this site for our visitors, we automatically collect and maintain statistical information from our site's data logs that concern network flow and volume. This information consists of the following: the name of the domain from which the visitor accesses the internet (e.g. "a"; "a"; or "an"); the internet protocol address and port numbers; and the date and time the IDES web site is visited. We routinely analyze our web site logs to continually improve the value of the materials available on our site. Our web site logs do not personally identify individuals, and we make no attempt to link them with the individuals who browse these web pages. So that these web pages remain available to you and other visitors, we monitor network traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage to the web service. Use of this system constitutes consent to such monitoring and auditing. Unauthorized attempts to upload information and/or change information on this web site are strictly prohibited and subject to prosecution under applicable state and federal law.

Use of Social Security Numbers

The Illinois Department of Employment Security collects and uses social security numbers (SSNs) in the administration of the unemployment insurance and employment service programs. State and federal law require the Department to use SSNs for the purpose of verifying the identity of unemployment benefit claimants. SSNs are used in the administration of the employment service program to verify that unemployment benefit claimants have registered for work with the employment service, as required by law. The Department also uses SSNs in the development of aggregate statistics. The aggregate statistics do not identify individuals or disclose any SSNs. The Department complies with the strict requirements set forth in federal and state law for maintaining the confidentiality of SSNs and protecting against their unauthorized disclosure.


A "cookie" is a text file placed on your computer from the web site which can be used for recordkeeping purposes. IDES uses cookies to help analyze how users use our site. The use of cookies is an industry standard and many major web sites use them. Visitors can always accept or reject cookies. Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. If you would prefer, you may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that if you do this, you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.


IDES is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all state and federal nondiscrimination laws in the administration of its programs. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. The IDES Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Officer is responsible for compliance and can be reached at (312) 793-9290 or (888) 340-1007 TTY.


When certifying as to eligibility for unemployment benefits, deliberately providing false information about work status, or knowingly withholding information about wages is a crime. New computer systems make such deceptions easier to detect. Remember that state benefits fraud is a felony, punishable by fines in excess of $10,000 and / or imprisonment.

Legal Notices

Access to the IDES web site is provided subject to the following terms and conditions. Please read these terms carefully as use of this site constitutes acceptance of all of the following terms and conditions:

Disclaimer of Liability

Neither the Illinois Department of Employment Security, the State of Illinois, nor any of its agencies nor any employees of the foregoing shall be held liable for any improper or incorrect use of the information described and/or contained herein and assume no responsibility for anyone's use of the information. In no event shall the IDES web site, IDES, the State of Illinois, or employees of the foregoing be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, exemplary, consequential, or any other damages (including, but not limited to, procurement or substitute goods or services; loss of use, data, or profits; or business interruption) however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence or otherwise) arising in any way out of the use of this system, even if advised of the possibility of such damage. This disclaimer of liability applies to any damages or injury, including but not limited to those caused by any failure of performance, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, computer virus, communication line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, alteration of, or use of record, whether for breach of contract, tortious behavior, negligence or under any other cause of action.

Disclaimer of Warranties and Accuracy of Data

Although the data found using the IDES access systems have been produced and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made regarding accuracy, adequacy, completeness, legality, reliability or usefulness of any information. This disclaimer applies to both isolated and aggregate uses of the information. IDES PROVIDES THIS INFORMATION ON AN "AS IS" BASIS. ALL WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, FREEDOM FROM CONTAMINATION BY COMPUTER VIRUSES AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF PROPRIETARY RIGHTS ARE DISCLAIMED.
Changes may be periodically made to the information herein; these changes may or may not be incorporated in any new version of the publication. If you have obtained information from any of the IDES web pages from a source other than the IDES web pages, be aware that electronic data can be altered subsequent to original distribution. Data can also quickly become out of date. It is recommended that careful attention be paid to the contents of any data associated with a file, and that the originator of the data or information be contacted with any questions regarding appropriate use. If you find any errors or omissions, we encourage you to report them via email:

Disclaimer of Endorsement

The Illinois Department of Employment Security and the State of Illinois are distributors of content sometimes supplied by third parties and users. Any opinions, advice, statements, services, offers, or other information or content expressed or made available by third parties, including information providers, users, or others, are those of the respective author(s) or distributor(s) and do not necessarily state or reflect those of IDES or the State of Illinois, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes. Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State.

Disclaimer for External Links

Neither the Illinois Department of Employment Security nor the State of Illinois is responsible for the contents of any off-site pages referenced. The user specifically acknowledges that the State is not liable for the defamatory, offensive, or illegal conduct of other users, links, or third parties and that the risk of injury from the foregoing rests entirely with the user. Links from the IDES web pages on the World Wide Web to other sites do not constitute an endorsement from IDES. These links are provided as an information service only. It is the responsibility of the web surfer to evaluate the content and usefulness of information obtained from other sites. The IDES web site contains links to other related World Wide Web Internet sites and resources. Since the IDES web site is not responsible for the availability of these outside resources or their contents, you should direct any concerns regarding any external link to its site administrator or webmaster.

Disclaimer of Duty to Continue Provision of Data

Due to the dynamic nature of the Internet, resources that are free and publicly available one day may require a fee or restricted access the next, and the location of items may change as menus, home pages, and files are reorganized. The user expressly agrees that use of the IDES web site is at the user's sole risk. IDES does not warrant that the service will be uninterrupted or error free. The documents and related graphics published on this server could contain technical inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are periodically added to the information herein. IDES and/or its respective agencies and programs may make improvements and/or changes in the information and/or programs described herein at any time.


IDES, as developer and manager of this web site, has taken several steps to safeguard the integrity of its communications and computing infrastructure, including but not limited to authentication, monitoring, auditing, and encryption. Security measures have been integrated into the design, implementation and day-to-day practices of the entire Department of Employment Security operating environment as part of its continuing commitment to risk management.
This information should not be construed in any way as giving business, legal, or other advice, or warranting as fail proof, the security of information provided via IDES-supported web sites.

Adobe Analytics

This website uses Adobe Analytics, a web analytics and marketing service provided by Adobe Systems Incorporated (“Adobe”).  Adobe uses HTTP “cookies” and similar technologies to collect information to measure and understand how users use this website. This includes user activity tracking on this website, including pages visited and links clicked. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the Site (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Adobe. Adobe may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Adobe’s behalf. You may also refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser. However, please note that if you do opt-out you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Adobe in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

Choice of Law

Construction of the disclaimers above and resolution of disputes thereof are governed by the laws of the State of Illinois. The laws of the State of Illinois, U.S.A., shall apply to all uses of this data and this system. By use of this system and any data contained therein, the user agrees that use shall conform to all applicable laws and regulations and user shall not violate the rights of any third parties.
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