Veterans Outreach Program

Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs Recommended Websites


IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Recently enacted legislation has extended employment preference to veterans who have served a minimum of four (4) years in the Illinois National Guard or in a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States regardless of whether the person was mobilized to active duty. Click for more detailed information

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Under State law, qualified veterans are entitled to points added to a passing grade and appointment preference. Please Note: Illinois National Guard/Reserves non-activated with less than 4 years of service only receive points added to a passing grade. All veterans will be required to submit a certified copy of their DD214/DD215 as proof of service at the time of application. Please direct all Veteran Outreach issues directly to

Illinois Veteran Employment Assistance

Obtaining a passing grade for a job title is the first step to state employment. Your military service may receive credit towards a qualifying grade for a state job title. In completing the CMS Employment Application, be sure to provide complete and descriptive information as to the positions you held during your military service. List each change in rank separately, the dates served in each rank, average hours per week spent on duty, specific duties performed, etc.

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The Veterans Outreach Program offers career counseling in five separate locations (identified below). Counseling appointments must be made in advance for all locations.

SPRINGFIELD OFFICE (by appointment only)

Capital City Center
130 West Mason
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 524-1313 (Voice)
(800) 643-8138 (Toll Free)
Illinois Relay Center (800) 524-0844

CHICAGO OFFICE (by appointment only)

James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph Street, 3-300
Chicago, Illinois 60601
(312) 793-3565 (Voice)
Illinois Relay Center (800) 524-0844

FIELD OFFICES (by appointment only)

State Regional Office Building
2125 South First Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820
(217) 278-3435 (Voice)

Illinois Relay Center (800) 524-0844

State Regional Office Building
2309 West Main Street
Marion, Illinois 62959
(618) 993-7005 (Voice)

Illinois Relay Center (800) 524-0844

E.J. "ZEKE" Giorgi Center
200 South Wyman
Rockford, Illinois 61101
(815) 987-7004 (Voice)

Illinois Relay Center (800) 524-0844

Changes in Required Documentation

Because of changes to state law, the State of Illinois will need a certified copy of a veteran's DD214/215 to receive veterans preference.

For details on required documentation, see the Veterans Preference Flyer. the Veterans Preference flyer is in pdf format and may be viewed using Acrobat Reader.

Veterans Outreach Recommended Websites

These websites are useful in researching for medical care, educational programs, veteran’s benefits, military documentation, and general information resources.