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Legally Required Benefits: Illinois

Legally Required Benefits requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline, Stacey Smiricky and Jenie Van Hampton, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP


  • Unemployment insurance provides partial wage replacement to unemployed workers while they conduct an active search for work. Most employers are subject to Illinois' Unemployment Insurance Act. See Illinois Unemployment Insurance.
  • Some individuals may not be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. See Illinois Unemployment Insurance.
  • Unemployment benefits will generally continue for up to 26 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Eligibility.
  • Employers must follow certain recordkeeping and posting requirements. See Recordkeeping Requirements; Posting Requirement.