COVID-19 Initial Guidance Pamphlet



Filing for Unemployment in Illinois

Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment insurance is a state-operated insurance program, administered by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) designed to partially replace lost wages when you are out of work. Like fire, accident, health and other types of insurance, it is for an emergency: when you are temporarily or permanently out of a job, or if you work less than full time because of lack of work.

The program ensures that, if you meet the eligibility requirements​​ of the law, you will have some income while you are looking for a job, up to a maximum of 26 full weeks in a one-year period, depending on when the claim was ​established. Link to Unemployment Insurance Benefits Handbook.

If your unemployment is a result of COVID-19 work stoppages, you could be eligible for unemployment benefits, provided that you were able to work and work was not provided to you due to a COVID-19 work stoppage.

COVID-19 Update

Under traditional unemployment insurance rules, an individual who qualifies for unemployment benefits would have had to experience a one week waiting period before receiving unemployment benefits.  In light of the COVID-19, this rule has been suspended.

When to Apply for Unemployment Benefits

You should apply for unemployment benefits as soon as your employment status has changed.  If you are laid-off, or are working less than 8 hours per week, you should consider filing for unemployment benefits.  IDES will process unemployment application in the order they are received, so you are encouraged to file a claim for unemployment benefits at the time your employment status has changed.





Cleaning Agents for COVID-19

Please find the link below for cleaning procedures to disinfect COVID-19 as well as a brief synopsis of the information provided in the link:

To disinfect surfaces from COVID-19, 1 minute or longer using the following:

  1. Concentrated Ethanol (70%+) (“Rubbing Alcohol”)
  2. Diluted Hydrogen Peroxide (0.5%)
  3. Diluted Sodium Hypochlorite (0.1%) (“Bleach”)

This means:

  • Most household products (ie Lysol) containing Benzalkonium chloride are less effective


Please see the link from  General President McCourt, General Secretary-Treasurer Greg Revard and the Insulators Union General Executive Board regarding the update on COVID-19.

Thank you


Indiana Governor’s Executive Order-Covid19

Please see the updated letter regarding the Indiana Governors Executive Order on Covid-19

Holcomb Executive Order



Rapid Response Powerpoint April 2020 (COVID-19 era)[4]

IDES Worker UI Info


Indiana Stay at Home Order Update


Restore Illinois

For full details please see the link:

Restore Illinois PDF link




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