I was on the IDES website this morning, researching information to respond to some reader comments. I found an update there indicating that Illinois still has the full benefit programs in place: Regular Benefits; all four tiers of the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) program; and Extended Benefits (EB).
Note that the Extended Benefit program was scheduled to expire as of March 10th, but has been prolonged until the state’s unemployment rate falls further. What EUC tiers remain available will also be impacted by any significant further reduction in our unemployment numbers.
The bigger news from that update is that IDES seems to be ramping up their active monitoring of individual progress to help ensure that unemployed people stay employable in terms of skills. This includes conducting an interview when you transition from regular state benefits to the first EUC tier (or when you transition from Tier 1 to Tier 2, if not previously interviewed). Participation in skill assessments and possibly job training also seem to be a more proactive expectation. It’s not just a simple paperwork transition from one program to another.
Earlier posts about unemployment benefits, especially in Illinois:
- 3 general tips about claiming unemployment benefits
- 3 more tips about your job search and claiming unemployment benefits
- Reporting income, including 1099 and independent contracting
- Basic information about IDES and EUC benefits
- Q&A related to IDES, EUC, and contingent/temporary W2 work
- Extension of EUC through 2012 + drug screen requirement