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Possible online services disruption due to Internet related outage

A worldwide technology outage is causing disruption to some State of Illinois online systems.  We are aware of this issue and are diligently working on restoration.

Due to a global service outage, you may be unable to access IDES services at this time, including access to your claimant account.


ILogin is an identity verification tool that is required to apply online for unemployment insurance and access your IDES online account.  ILogin uses the latest cybersecurity tools to protect user data including identity proofing, strong authentication, fraud analytics and threat monitoring.  ILogin is used across the state by various agencies such as Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to secure your data.  Upon logging in, you may see these accounts appear on your dashboard.

ILogin adds a layer of security called Multifactor Authentication (MFA) that is required to access your account.  When you create or log into your IDES online account you will be required to verify your identity through an additional factor such as a text message, phone call, Google Authenticator, or OKTA verify.  This extra identity confirmation measure helps secure your account and protect your information.

Getting Started: Steps to Create an ILogin Identity Account

NEW USERS:  click here for the  NEW USER How-To Video


  1. New users should Register Here.
  2. You will be guided to create your ILogin Identity Account.
  3. Enter the required information and then click NEXT.
  4. After creating your ILogin account, you will receive a confirmation email to the email address you provided in the account.
  5. Open the confirmation email and click the link titled Activate Account.  This link expires seven days after you receive the email.
  6. Once you click on the Activate Account button, you will be directed to a screen to set up a password for your ILogin account, as well as security questions and options for resetting your password in the future.
  7.  Next, you will be required to set up your Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).  You must choose at least one option to set up, but you can also select all MFA options.
  8.  Once account registration is complete, you will be taken to your ILogin dashboard.  Click on the IDES icon.
  9. The message below will appear to validate your IDES UI Online Account.
  10. Existing Claimants: Click on “I Have an IDES UI Online Account”.  Existing claimants that are already registered and have a username/password and active claim will then be taken to the IDES account verification page.  New Claimants: Click on “I Do Not Have an IDES UI Online Account”.  New claimants will have to complete additional identity proofing and validation steps.
  11. Once ILogin registration and identity validation has been completed successfully, you can log into their UI Online Account.  After the completion of these steps, your UI Online Account will be successfully linked to your ILogin account.  MFA will be required every time you log in.

There are four different MFA options to choose from:

  1. OKTA Verify
    To use this option, you must download the OKTA app on your phone.  When using this method, a “push” notification will display on your phone asking if you are attempting to sign in.
  2. Google Authenticator
    To use this option, you must download the Google Authenticator app on your phone.  Once downloaded, set up, and logged in, you will have to go to the Google Authenticator app to retrieve the single-use code (time-sensitive and refreshes periodically) and enter via ILogin.
  3. SMS Authentication
    To use this option, an SMS text message will be sent to the phone number you provided when attempting to login.  You must enter the single-use code that you receive via text.
  4. Voice Call Authentication
    To use this option, you will receive a phone call to the phone number you provided to authenticate your identity and log into your account.

HELP VIDEO:  How to Set Up MFA

HELP VIDEO:  Log into your Account & Respond to Multi-Factor Authentication


  • For help finding your Claimant ID, review your UI Finding letter.
  • For troubleshooting and FAQs, visit the ILogin How-To Guides for detailed instructions.

How do I reset my password?

  1. On the ILogin Sign-In page, enter your Email or Username and click Next.
  2. Click Forgot password?
  3. Select a recovery option.

Option: Reset via SMS

  1. Click the Select button beside Phone, then Receive a code via SMS.  An Enter Code and Verify field appears.
  2. Look for a text message with a code sent to the phone number provided during the Password Recovery step.
  3. In ILogin, enter the code and click Verify.

Option: Reset via Voice Call

  1. Click the Select button beside Phone, then Receive a voice call instead.  An Enter Code and Verify field appears when ILogin calls the phone number entered during Password Recovery setup.
  2. Answer the call and listen for the code.
  3. Enter the code and click Verify.

Option: Reset via Email

  1. If you select this option in ILogin, click Send me an email.
  2. Open your email received from State of Illinois -
  3. Click the verification link in the email.


My ILogin account is locked.  What should I do?

HELP VIDEO:  Unlocking Your User Account

If your account has been locked, it will automatically unlock after 60 minutes.  To unlock your account before 60 minutes, when signing into ILogin, expand the "Need Help?" and click on the "Unlock Account?" link to initiate the account unlock.  You will be asked to enter in your current email address or username and select a security option to verify your identity (SMS, Voice Call, or Email).  You will be required to provide your security question answer during the reset password process.  Once you have unlocked your account, you may then need to initiate the Forgot Your Password process.