Rapid Response Layoff Reporting & Services

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The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity  and Local Workforce Innovation Areas (LWIAs) provide services to employers in the state of Illinois who are planning or have gone through a layoff. Along with providing services, they, along with individuals and employers, have the ability to report layoffs in Illinois.

Rapid Response is a federal service strategy which coordinates services with an employer and employee representative(s) to maximize efforts and avert a planned layoff and/or minimize disruption for individuals and communities in dislocation events. Information is included on this page to learn about:


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Rapid Response Services

Rapid Response Services are available to employers in the case of a permanent closure or mass layoff at a plant, facility, or enterprise, or a natural or other disaster, that results in mass job dislocation. The State Dislocated Worker Unit coordinates with the employers to provide on-site information to workers and employers about employment and retraining services designed to help participants retain employment when feasible, or obtain re-employment as soon as possible.

​​These services for employers and workers include:

  • Labor market information (occupational information and economic trends).
  • Job search and placement assistance.
  • On-the-job training.
  • Customized training.
  • Incumbent worker training.
  • Registered apprenticeships (RA).
  • Classroom training.
  • Online Training – Steps to Success.
  • Entrepreneurial training.
  • Referral to basic and remedial education.
  • Support Programs and Facilities.
  • Career Transition Services.
  • Local Out Service Groups.

IL Rapid Response Program Contact Information

Employers and individuals can contact their local Illinois workNet Center for detailed information on the services available.

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Contact Information:

Patrick Campbell
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Office of Employment and Training
100 West Randolph Street, Suite 3-400
Chicago, Illinois   60601-3219
FAX:  (312) 814-0999

Deb Waldrop
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Office of Employment and Training
State Office Building
2309 West Main, Suite 118
Marion, Illinois   62959
Fax:  (618) 997-1825


  • Customized Training Flyer (PDF)
  • Incumbent Worker Training Flyer (PDF)
  • On-the-Job Training Flyer (PDF)