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Welcome to the IDES website! How do I know this is official?

Although IDES offices will be closed on Monday, May 29th for Memorial’ Day holiday, you can still certify and apply for benefits and access other online resources! Please also note that benefit payments may take longer to process during this time. Offices will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, May 30th.

Veteran Services

Assisting veterans in finding family sustaining and meaningful employment is a top priority at IDES. The American Job Center staff provide veterans with priority of service for employment services (does not apply to unemployment insurance). In addition, Illinois has over 30 American Job Centers and offices located throughout Illinois that provide a full array of employment focused services to assist veterans. Training services are available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act partners that are collocated at each American Job Center.

Employment Search Assistance

  • Veterans can search for jobs online at
    • Set up a free account and learn how to use Illinois JobLink to create a resume, search for job openings, and apply to job opportunities. 
  • Veterans wanting employment assistance can send an email to:
  • Use the IDES Office Locator​​ to find an office nearest you.​​