As part of the CARES Act, the federal government expanded unemployment assistance to workers who are usually ineligible for the program.
Called Pandemic Unemployment
Assistance (PUA), the program provides benefits for self-employed workers, independent contractors, and those who may not have been previously allowed to receive additional unemployment benefits.
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance expands who is eligible for unemployment assistance including:
Individuals who had an Illinois regular unemployment insurance claim, but have run out of those benefits (i.e. exhausted 26 weeks of regular unemployment insurance and 13 weeks of PEUC)
An employee of a nonprofit church or religious organization that does not pay unemployment.
Individuals who have been “self-employed” and you pay taxes on that income (i.e., you have not earned any wages as a W-2 employee)