IDES offices closed Monday to observe Labor Day
should certify; services available on Internet
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[August 30, 2013]
CHICAGO -- Illinois Department
of Employment Security offices will be closed Monday in observance
of Labor Day. All services are available on the IDES website.
Claimants scheduled to certify are encouraged to use the Internet.
Regular office hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume Tuesday.
Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday of September. The labor
movement created the tribute to honor the economic and social
achievements that the American worker brought to our nation. The
first celebration was in 1882 in New York City. The day was a
Tuesday. The holiday moved to Monday in 1884. Although there are
conflicting reports that the holiday began either with the
Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners or with the International
Association of Machinists, there is agreement that the Central Labor
Union was responsible for the initial demonstration and picnic.
Municipal ordinances first recognized the day in 1885. New York was
the first state to propose legislation creating the holiday, but
Oregon was the first to enact a law, in 1887. Illinois created the
holiday in 1891. In 1894, Congress established the first Monday in
September to be the legal holiday. In 1909, the American Federation
of Labor declared the Sunday before Labor Day as Labor Sunday to
recognize the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor
Although IDES offices will be closed, services are available at
www.ides.illinois.gov. People can file for first-time unemployment
benefits; certify for benefits, which is necessary to receive
payment; and switch that method of payment to direct deposit.
Because Monday is a federal banking holiday, the availability of
some benefit payments might be delayed. The IDES does not determine
federal banking holidays.
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