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Q: Hello I have a problem with my employer and the state of Illinois unemployment office trying to draw my benefits

But I live in Tennessee but my employer is in Gurnee Illinois

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  • Naperville, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: If you're looking for free legal help with your Illinois unemployment benefits, the IDES does offer free attorneys on a case-by-case basis.

As of 5/1/2023, here is what IDES says to do to inquire about free unemployment representation:

As a claimant, which of the two "claimant" law firms should I contact for legal services?

If your Social Security number ends in a 0 through 4, call:

(800) 884-6591 toll-free

(847) 991-9240 out of state (not toll-free)

(866) 848-5609 TTY toll-free

If your Social Security number ends in a 5 through 9, call:

(888) 430-1776 toll-free

(847) 251-1776 out of state (not toll-free)

(847) 251-6985 TTY (not toll-free)​

If you're ready to pay an Illinois attorney to help you, my firm represents employees in unemployment appeals. We help you prepare for your hearing by reviewing evidence, submitting evidence, identifying witnesses, and conducting a mock hearing to ensure you're fully prepared to make your case.

If you've already had a hearing and are still denied benefits, we also offer second level appeals with the IDES Board of Review. We'll obtain hearing transcripts and write written arguments to appeal administrative law judge decisions.

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