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Because unemployment benefits are not counted by Social Security as active income---income you earn from actual work you do---but as passive income, because is payment for work you have done in the past, you may collect both your unemployment benefit as well as social security at the same time. Your social security early retirement benefit is not affected by your collection of unemployment benefits.
However, collecting social security will result in a reduction of your Illinois unemployment benefits. Let me explain.
The social security offset reduces an individual’s weekly unemployment benefits by an amount equal to 50 percent of his/her social security retirement benefits attributable to the week and is required pursuant to Section 611A(2) of the UI Act, 820 ILCS 405/611A(2). See Attachment C, Section 611 of the UI Act. Half of your social security benefit will be offset against your unemployment entitlement---based on a weekly basis. So if you receive social security of $1200 per month, IL will deduct about $279.00 per week from your unemployment check.
Here is a link to a discussion of the law: http://www.ides.illinois.gov/SSRPTF_documents/ReportFinal.pdf
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