Free Access to Coursera for Illinois Job Seekers

June 2, 2020 News

As part of Get Hired Illinois, job seekers can access free Coursera online IT training courses, including the Google IT Support Professional Certificate program, as well as other courses that teach high-demand job skills. Sign up for free Coursera access on the State’s Illinois workNet website at

IDES Taking Steps to Address Unprecedented Volume of Unemployment Claims

March 27, 2020 Media Release, News

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:    March 26, 2020 CONTACT: Rebecca Cisco | 217.524.1219 IDES Taking Steps to Address Unprecedented Volume of Unemployment Claims Improved Processes to Help Streamline Increased Need for Benefits SPRINGFIELD – Today, Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced they are taking additional steps to address the unprecedented volume of …

Workforce Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic

March 24, 2020 News, Public Notices

Use this page to get updates about resources for employers, jobseekers, workers, and information about our services during the COVID-19 health emergency.  Jobseeker Resources: All of Chicago Cook Workforce’s American Job Centers and workforce service providers are closed to the public. Most services are now being offered virtually. During the government mandate to shelter in place, …

Working Around The Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 13, 2020 News, Public Notices

The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership (The Partnership) is working with the offices of Cook County, City of Chicago, and the State of Illinois, all of which jointly announced information for mitigating the spread of the coronavirus as detailed below. The Partnership wants to ensure that our staff and customers are safe and while we continue …

WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) Regional Plan 2020

February 18, 2020 News, Uncategorized

The Workforce Partners of Metropolitan Chicago have drafted the 2020-2024 Regional Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Four-Year Plan for the Workforce Innovation Areas of the Northeast Economic Development Region (NEEDR) including Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kankakee, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties. This Regional Plan will be integrated into the State of Illinois …

WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) Local Plan 2020

February 14, 2020 News

The deadline for public comment on the WIOA Local Plan for LWIA 7 has been extended to 5:00 PM on Monday, March 16, 2020.   The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership has drafted the Local Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act 2020-2024 Four-Year Plan for Local Workforce Innovation Area 7 (Chicago and Cook County). The Local Plan …


January 30, 2020 News

Our CEO Karin Norington-Reaves sits down with Chicago Public Media to shed light on possible solutions to some of the barriers communities of color are facing as people apply for 2020 Census jobs. Of the many concerns highlighted, is the digital divide, because the online application process may deter residents with limited computer literacy or a …