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Old 01-13-2014, 10:54 AM
 
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This is my situation,

I was laid off on 12/31/2012 in Il and applied for unemployment in Jan of 2013.
My UI finding was
Q3/2011 $12,570.06
Q4/2011 $11,663.53
Q1/2012 $21,946.67
Q2 2012 $10,663,67

I was getting $413 a week!

As of 6/30/2013 I started on EUC08, which we all know ended on 12/28/2013.

I got another UI finding notice in the mail (607b) stating I can start a new claim as of 12/30/2013 ending in 2/29/2014

Q3/2012 $11,646.43
Q4/2012 $ 2,762.32
Q1/2013 $ 2,793.43
Q2/2013 $ 0.00

New weekly benefit amount: $261

I didnt work in 2013!

My question is what tier of EUC08 was I in, when the year ended?
If congress comes to an agreement, should I not be getting more EUC08?
Should I go ahead and file for the new claim, even though (maybe) there will be an extension of EUC08?

I am completly confused, tried to call the IL unemployment office but phone lines are dead!
If I start on the new claim, but congress will extend extension, can I go back to my old claim, since my weekly benefit amount was more than the new claim???


PLEASE HELP!
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Old 01-13-2014, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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You were on 14-week Tier 2. If EUC is extended, you will exhaust what remains of that and move to 9-week Tier 3.

File the new claim, if Illinois has not already done so. Worst that can happen is Illinois will say since you have no new earnings, you don't qualify. Nothing is lost. CA does, from time to time, because of the way if views LAG earnings, establish new claims for people who have not worked. No other state will, far as I know.

Let us know what ultimately happens with this new Illinois claim app.

Thx.
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Old 01-14-2014, 05:41 PM
 
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Thx!

I went to the office today! I do qualify for the new claim, stated above. But she also told me, that I wouldn't retroactive requalify for EUC08 since there is a new state claim.
Even though I would get less under the new state claim, I am just happy to get anything. It doesn't seem there would be an extension anyways.

Good luck to everybody!
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:08 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I went to the office today! I do qualify for the new claim, stated above.
Good. Looks like Illinois is reading the January 2013 earnings as new, even though you didn't work after termination in December 2012.

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But she also told me, that I wouldn't retroactive requalify for EUC08 since there is a new state claim. Even though I would get less under the new state claim,
Not true. If EUC is reinstated and your new benefit is $100 or 25% less than your current state benefit, if legislation would be enacted retroactively (which it always has been), you could ask Illinois to defer payment on the new claim until EUC from the old claim is exhausted. Might be more of a hassle to do this than it's worth.

Your easier option is for you to collect these state benefits in their entirety now. If Congress reinstates EUC, you can then exhaust what is left under the old claim.

Worry about that later when and if an extension is passed. For now, it's better that you have a valid new state claim.

Thanks for the update.
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