Employer Resources


State of Illinois Business Portal



Springfield Office
Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706 
Phone: (217) 782-0244

Chicago Office
James R. Thompson Center
100 W. Randolph, 16-100
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: (312) 814-2121

 Website: The State of Illinois Business Portal is the official website for the State of Illinois. Here are just a few links to choose from:



Business Registration (IDOR):  (Learn more about registration requirements) 


Start a Business (DCEO):  (A wide range of resources offered)


 Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

 Contact  Illinois Department of Employment Security 
                  250 N. Chicago Street
                  Joliet, IL 6043
                  Phone:  (815) 740-5148




The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) reduces an employer's cost of doing business, 
while helping those most in need gain valuable work experience. The credit provides tax savings
to employers who hire people from certain target groups, including welfare recipients, veterans,
youth and ex-felons. In the end, WOTC helps increase America's economic growth and productivity.

Eligibility: The WOTC Target Groups include:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Recipients
  • Unemployed Veterans
  • Ex-Felons
  • Designated Community Residents
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Referrals
  • Summer Youth Employees
  • Food Stamp Recipients
  • SSI Recipients

Employer Benefits: The Work Opportunity Tax Credit saves employers money and requires little
paperwork. Helping those most in need find and retain jobs and gain on-the-job experience benefits 
all employers and increases America's economic growth and productivity. 


Illinois workNet





Illinois workNet is a portal for connecting employers and job seekers and expanding economic
opportunity in Illinois. The portal is a cooperative effort between state and economic development,
workforce development, education agencies, and local workforce investment boards along with their
public and private partners including local governments, community colleges and non-profit organizations.
It is designed to provide easy access to information and services through a network of public and
private partners. 

Illinois workNet provides businesses with the tools to recruit the best employees, to train and upgrade
the skills of the current workforce, and to develop businesses with a range of resources for entrepreneurs
and established firms.

Employer Services:

  • Recruit and retain qualified workers
  • Connect with local business service teams to analyze hiring needs
  • Sign up for valuable on-the-job training programs for your existing workforce
  • Links to pertinent employer-related information

Illinois JobLink

Contact  Illinois Department of Employment Security 
                 250 N. Chicago Street
                 Joliet, IL 6043
                 Phone:  (815) 740-5148




Illinois JobLink is an interactive website where thousands of qualified job seekers register every day.
Illinois JobLink allows businesses to describe specific skills and job requirements for which they are seeking
qualified candidates. Illinois JobLink then selects and matches the best qualified job seekers with the employer's
criteria and generates a list of those individuals. Employers determine whether they want to handle all recruiting,
screening and hiring themselves, communicating directly with job seekers, or obtain assistance from the
Illinois Department of Employment Services.

Employer Services:

  • Online matching of job requirements and preferences with job seekers qualifications
  • Recruitment of veterans

Illinois Secretary of State


Contact  Office of the Secretary of State 
                 Department of Business Services
                 17 N. State Street, Suite 1137
                 Chicago, IL 60602

                 Phone:  (312) 793-3380




The Small Business Information Center is designed for small issuers and various intermediary organizations.
Staff is available to explain the various financing options available for smaller firms and to describe the processes
required for a small firm securities offering. Staff also is available for pre-filing conferences and to answer any
questions small business owners may have about the filing process.

Federal & State Business Registration & Licenses


Federal Employer Identification Numbers (FEIN)


Contact  IRS Tax Payer Assistance Center 
                 230 Dearborn Street
                 Chicago, IL 60604

                 Phone:  (312) 292-4912




The United States Internal Revenue Service website lets you select business topics using their A-Z Index
for Business. Business topics include starting a business, operating a business, closing a business, and Employer
ID#'s (EINs). There is also information on filing/paying taxes, post-filing issues, and deducting expenses.


Business Licenses


Contact  Illinois Department of Finance & Professional Regulation 
                 James R. Thompson Center
                 100 W. Randolph, Suite 9-300
                 Chicago, IL 60601

                 Phone:  (888) 473-4858




The process of becoming licensed in Illinois is designed to ensure that all professionals meet at least the minimum
requirements for licensure set forth by law. Professionals seeking to work in Illinois must first receive, and properly
complete, an application for licensure. 

General Information for Employers


Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission


Contact  Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission
 Phone:  (312) 814-6611




Illinois law requires employers to provide workers' compensation insurance for almost everyone who is hired, injured,
or whose employment is localized in Illinois. Sole proprietors, business partners, corporate officers, and members of limited
liability companies may exempt themselves.

Unemployment Insurance


Contact  Illinois Department of Employment Security
 Unemployment Insurance Revenue Division
                Phone:  (312) 793-4880 or (800) 247-4984




Employers may be required to make unemployment insurance contributions to the Illinois Department of Employment
Security (IDES). For help in determining your contribution, contact IDES for an Unemployment Insurance Start-up Kit.

New Hire Reporting


Contact  Illinois Department of Employment Security
 Unemployment Insurance Revenue Division
                Phone:  (800) 327-HIRE (4473)




The New Hire Reporting Program is part of the federal welfare law and now includes increased efforts to locate absent
parents who are not supporting their children. Since 1997, a nationwide employer New Hire Registry has been used
to locate absent parents in order to enforce child support orders. In Illinois, IDES has the responsibility for obtaining
the information for this registry.

Labor Market Information


Illinois Department of Employment Security - Labor Market Information





IDES Labor Market Information includes employment statistics, job forecast, wages and demographics. IDES
collects, analyzes and disseminates this data in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor
Statistics (BLS) and Employment and Training Administration (ETA).

Women's Business Development Center (WBDC)


Contact  Women's Business Development Center
                 8 South Michigan Avenue, Suite 400
                 Chicago, IL 60603
                 Phone:  (312) 853-3477




The mission of the Women's Business Development Center (WBDC) is to provide services and programs that support
and accelerate women's business ownership and strengthen their impact on the economy.

Since 1986, the WBDC has offered a full-service approach to assist prospective and established women's business owners
in the Chicago area. The objectives of the WBDC are:

  • To accelerate the rate of growth of women's business ownership
  • To increase the economic impact of women-owned businesses on both families and communities
  • To increase awareness of business ownership as a viable means of economic self-sufficiency
  • To stimulate public policy and system changes which support and strengthen the economic impact of women

Minority Business Development Agency


Contact  Minority Business Development Agency
                 105 W. Adams Street, Suite 2300
                 Chicago, IL 60603
                 Phone:  (312) 755-2565




The Minority Business Development Agency is a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and maintains a national 
network of business centers to assist minority owned businesses. 

U.S. Small Business Administration


Contact  U.S. Small Business Administration
                 409 3rd Street, SW
                 Washington, DC 20416
                 Phone:  (800) 827-5722
                 E-mail: [email protected]




Small Business Administration is America's most powerful engine of opportunity and economic growth. SBA offers
a variety of programs and support services to help you navigate the issues you face with your initial applications, and 
resources to help after you open for business. 

SCORE (Counselors to America's Small Business)


Contact  SCORE Chicago
                 500 W. Madison, Suite 1150
                 Chicago, IL 60661
                 Phone:  (312) 353-7724
                 E-mail: [email protected]




SCORE is a non-profit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their
goals through education and mentorship. Its volunteers provide free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs.

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