News & Updates


December, 2018

IDES Released  The 2019 Weekly Benefit Amount

Effective 1-1-2019 the Weekly Benefit Amounts are listed below:

  • Average weekly benefit amount:  $396.00
  • Individual maximum weekly benefit amount:   $471.00
  • Non working spouse maximum weekly benefit amount:      $561.00
  • Dependent child maximum weekly benefit amount:      $648.oo

November 30, 2018

On November 30, 2018 The Illinois Department Of Employment Security, (IDES) mailed the 2019 Rate Determination. Check the Rate Determination as soon as you receive it. Employers have until December 17, 2018 to protest if the rate is incorrect. The 2019 minimum and maximum rates were reduced from the 2018 rates. 

  • 2019 Minimum Rate                     0.475%   reduced from 0.525%
  • 2019 Maximum Rate                     6.875%    reduced from 6.925%
  • 2019 Taxable Wage Base             $12,960.00        

The cost per employee at the minimum rate will be $61.56, per employee who earns $12,960.00, in calendar year 2019.  The 2018 cost per employee was $68.04.

The cost per employee at the maximum rate will be $891.00, per employee who earns $12,960.00, in calendar year 2019. The 2018 cost per employee was $897.48.

If you have any questions please call Unemployment Consultants, Inc., Carol Gabrielsen at (847) 670-0590.

September 2018

IDES has mailed the Benefit Charge Statements for the quarter ending  September 2018

The BEN 118R Statement Of Amount Due for Benefits Paid, for the third quarter of 2018,  was issued on November 2, 2018.  Protests on charges are due by Thursday, November 22, 2018.   Payment must be paid by Monday, December 3, 2018 via My Tax Illinois or mailed to the address on the BEN 118R.

The BEN 118, Statement of Benefit Charges was issued for the third quarter of 2018, on November 2, 2018.  Protest on benefit charges are due by Monday December 17, 2018.


October 23, 2019

On October 31st all third quarter wage reports must be filed and paid on MY TAX ILLINOIS.

IDES Reports:

9/27/18 - Unemployment rates decreased over-the-year in August in thirteen of Illinois’s metropolitan areas and was unchanged in one, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Data also show nonfarm jobs increased in ten of the metropolitan areas. 

“The unemployment rate continued its downward trend in all metro areas except one where it was unchanged,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “These are some of the lowest unemployment rates we have seen in years. In fact, for the sixth consecutive month, the Chicago metro area had its lowest unemployment rate on record.”