Applications available at Illinois Department of Employment Security offices



In response to this autumn’s flooding, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that Peoria County residents may apply for special Disaster Unemployment Assistance from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.


In response to this autumn’s flooding, Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today announced that Peoria County residents may apply for special Disaster Unemployment Assistance from the Illinois Department of Employment Security.

The federal government approved Blagojevich's request for federal assistance for flood victims in Peoria County. The federal disaster declaration will enable affected people in the area to access temporary housing, grants or loans to help with flood-related losses. Businesses also will be eligible to apply for low-interest loans.

The federally approved Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available for individuals who either reside or were employed in the disaster area. Individuals also might be eligible for benefits if they are unemployed as a direct result of the disaster designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and who are not eligible for any other unemployment insurance program. Applications must be filed by Dec. 26.

Individuals generally can receive up to 26 weeks of DUA benefits as long as their unemployment continues to be a result of the disaster. Eligibility for DUA benefits will be determined on a week-to-week basis.

Individuals who seek Disaster Unemployment Assistance must file a claim at their nearest Illinois Department of Employment Security office. For locations, visit the Web site at IDES.state.il.us or call 888-367-4382.

Peoria County is added to eight counties previously announced in the aftermath of the Sept. 13 flooding. Those counties include Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Grundy, LaSalle, Will and Woodford.