State of Illinois Employment Opportunities

​​​​​​​​​​​Special Notice to Applicants – click for more information

Effective immediately and until further notice, the submission of online applications for all position titles has been suspended pending automation upgrades. Applicants may still apply for any position title using the open competitive CMS-100 application. The CMS-100 application is available on the Forms page on this website as well as at any CMS Assessment Center. Completed CMS-100 applications can be mailed to the CMS Division of Examining & Counseling at the address indicated on the application or dropped off at any CMS Assessment Center. Any reference to the submission of online applications either on this website or in information materials should be disregarded.​

Welcome to the State of Illinois web-based electronic hiring system. This system significantly expands access to state employment while increasing transparency, accessibility, accountability, and consistency in the state hiring process. The State provides job opportunities in a wide range of occupations and titles. This website will guide you through the state employment process for the departments under the jurisdiction of the Governor. The State of Illinois is required to comply with certain hiring criteria when selecting individuals for employment. Please be aware of these hiring preferences as you proceed through the state employment process.

  • Under state law, qualified Illinois Veterans must be afforded an opportunity for interview and employment before Illinois non-Veterans in the same grade category. Information on recently enacted legislation - veterans employment preference
  • Qualified Illinois residents must be afforded an opportunity for interview and employment before out-of state veterans in the same grade category.
  • Qualified out-of-state Veterans have hiring preference over out-of-state residents in the same grade category.
  • Many positions are covered by collective bargaining agreements. For these positions, the filling of vacancy language specified in the current agreements will apply. Current employees may have contractual right preferences for bargaining unit positions over non-state applicants and non-union employees.



  • Disabled Workers Program
  • ​​Veterans Outreach Program - State Employment Counseling
  • Diversity Enrichment Program
  • Upward Mobility Program​​​​