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Under State law, qualified veterans are entitled to points added to a passing grade and appointment preference. Please Note: Illinois National Guard/Reserves non-activated only receive points added to a passing grade.  All veterans will be required to submit a certified copy of their DD214/DD215 as proof of service at the time of application.

Illinois Veteran Employment Assistance

Obtaining a passing grade for a job title is the first step to state employment. Your military service may receive credit towards a qualifying grade for a state job title. In completing the CMS Employment Application, be sure to provide complete and descriptive information as to the positions you held during your military service. List each change in rank separately, the dates served in each rank, average hours per week spent on duty, specific duties performed, etc.

These documents are in pdf format and may be viewed using Acrobat Reader.

The Veterans Outreach Program offers career counseling in five separate locations (identified below).  Counseling appointments must be made in advance for all locations.

SPRINGFIELD OFFICE (by appointment only)

Capital City Center 130 West Mason Springfield, IL 62706 (217) 524-1313 (Voice) (800) 643-8138 (Toll Free) (217) 524-1383 (TTY) IL Relay Center (800) 524-0844

CHICAGO OFFICE (by appointment only)

James R. Thompson Center 100 West Randolph Street, 3-300 Chicago, Illinois 60601 (312) 793-3565 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (312) 793-3565 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Voice) (312) 814-4458 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (312) 814-4458 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting (TTY) IL Relay Center (800) 524-0844 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (800) 524-0844 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting

FIELD OFFICES (by appointment only)

State Regional Office Building 2125 South First Street Champaign, Illinois 61820 (217) 278-3435 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (217) 278-3435 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Voice)
IL Relay Center (800) 524-0844 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (800) 524-0844 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting

State Regional Office Building 2309 West Main Street Marion, Illinois 62959 (618) 993-7005 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (618) 993-7005 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Voice)
IL Relay Center (800) 524-0844 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (800) 524-0844 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting

E.J. “ZEKE” Giorgi Center 200 South Wyman Rockford, Illinois 61101 (815) 987-7004 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (815) 987-7004 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Voice)
IL Relay Center (800) 524-0844 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (800) 524-0844 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Changes in Required Documentation

Because of changes to state law, the State of Illinois will need a certified copy of a veteran’s DD214/215 to receive veterans preference. For details on required documentation, see the Veterans Preference flyer [PDF, 18KB].  The Veterans Preference flyer is in pdf format and may be viewed using Acrobat Reader.

Veterans Outreach Recommended Websites

These websites are useful in researching for medical care, educational programs, veteran’s benefits, military documentation, and general information resources.

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