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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.

Additional Claims

If you had filed an unemployment claim, returned to work, but now need to file again, please see the information below about filing an additional claim.

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What is an additional claim?

  • An additional claim is used to re-apply for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits and reestablish eligibility within an active benefit year.
  • Additional claims are important for claimants who experience a second or subsequent break in employment within the same benefit year.
  • When filing an additional claim, you must update information about the last day you worked and your last employer.

When do I need to file an additional claim?

  • You should file an additional claim if, after initially claiming benefits, you:
    • Certified that you earned wages for a week that exceeded your weekly benefit amount and/or;
    • Returned to work and stopped receiving benefits, became unemployed again, and now must reapply for benefits within the same benefit year.

How is an additional claim different than certification?

  • Certification is the bi-weekly process of answering basic questions to communicate a claimant's continued eligibility. Learn more about certification here.
  • An additional claim is only necessary if you need to re-apply for benefits – either because you had returned to work or earned above your weekly benefit amount.

How do I file an additional claim?

  • Log into your IDES account, select "File My Unemployment Claim" under the "Individual Home" menu, and proceed to file an additional claim.
  • Based on your certification answers, you may also be prompted to file an additional claim right at the end of the certification process as needed.