Illinois Department of Human Services

WorkNet Chicago

City Colleges of Chicago

IDHS helps Illinois families achieve self-sufficiency, independance and health to the maximum extent possible. DHS improves the quality of life of thousands of Illinois families by providing an array of comprehensive, coordinated services through: cummunity health and prevention programs, programs for persons with developmental disabilities, mental illness, or substance abuse problems, employment, training, and independant living programs for persons with disabilities, and financial support, employment and training programs, child care, and other family services for low-income families.

For the purpose of expanding economic opportunity, the Illinois workNet® Portal and Program utilizes partnerships and technology to expand seamless and real-time access to workforce development resources aimed at individuals, businesses and workforce professionals. Innovative partnerships span state economic development, workforce development, education agencies, and local workforce investment boards along with their public and private partners including local governments, community colleges and non-profit organizations. Through partnerships that leverage technology, a common vision to plan for the economic futures of communities and provide a seamless array of services is realized.

Through our seven colleges, we deliver exceptional learning opportunities and educational services for diverse student populations in Chicago. We enhance knowledge, understanding, skills, collaboration, community service and life-long learning by providing a broad range of quality, affordable courses, programs, and services to prepare students for success in a technologically advanced and increasingly interdependant global society. We work proactively to eliminate the barriers to employment and to address and overcome causual factors underlying socio-economic disparities and inequities of access and graduation in higher education.


Protect children who are reported to be abused or neglected and to increase their families' capacity to safely care for them.

Provide for the well-being of children in our care.

Provide appropriate, permanent families as quickly as possible for those children who cannot safely return home.

Support early intervention and child abuse prevention activities.

Work in partnerships with communities to fulfill this mission.

Cook County Works

Illinois Department of Employment Security

Cook County Works, along with the Cook County Workforce Investment Board, is committed to assisting the residents of suburban Cook County through the administration of the federally supported Workforce Investment Act program which provides residents with employment training, placement, and educational opportunities.

IDES is your direct link to Illinois workforce services: job placement and referrals, unemployment insurance, employment and training programs, career and labor market information, payroll tax filing, and more!



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