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Frequently Asked Questions


Unemployment Insurance is a state-operated insurance program 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. Unemployment insurance, however, cannot and does not protect you against wage losses while you are absent from work due to illness or while you are idle by choice. Learn more >>

You may find the registration requirements and other helpful information at this link: Employment Service Registration Requirement FAQs.


Eligiblity requirements, how to apply for assistance, answers to frequently asked questions, and other helpful information may be found at this link: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) FAQs.


If you enroll in an approved training program, you will NOT lose your UI benefits.

We have financial assistance available to help you pay for gas and childcare. Speak with a Man-Tra-Con Career Specialist for more information.

Yes! Priority of service is given to veterans. Contact a Man-Tra-Con Career Specialist at 618-998-0970 for additional information on special programs available for veterans seeking employment.

Federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant funding provided through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) enables Man-Tra-Con to offer these services at "no cost" to you.


If there is a question you would like to see answered on this page, please submit your request via email to:

Information regarding the funding source of workforce grants awarded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity using federal funds from the United States Department of Labor can be found at this link: