There is a LaSalle County unemployment office in Ottawa, the county seat, located in the South Towne Mall Shopping Center, close to Stoneyville, Hitt, Illini, and Naplate. The Illinois WorkNet Center in Ottawa is an "NCI Works! One-Stop Center" offering a broad selection of unemployment assistance and types of job placement help. Unemployed workers can get forms for making claims for UI compensation, and they can use the office's resources to file benefits online. Personal computers are provided, complete with Internet access, word processing capability, and software for creating personal resumes and job application cover letters. Workers may also use computers to search jobs sites, jobs databases, and job banks for current openings, as well as the Illinois Skills Match website.
Visitors can learn about special training and jobs programs for economically disadvantaged and disabled workers, plus living expenses and childcare services which they may qualify for while working. GED exam preparation is also possible through the center. Veterans can learn about special job placement opportunities and support services through veteran's representatives at the office, when they make an advance appointment by calling in at the number listed below. This office has a jobs club where jobseekers can meet and exchange tips and mutual support.
The unemployment office in Ottawa is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, with ample parking in the South Towne Mall lot.
Ottawa Unemployment Office
1550 First Avenue (south of East McKinley Road)
Ottawa, IL 61350
Telephone: (815) 434-3111
Fax: (815) 434-2588
Veteran appointments: (815) 434-3111 ext. 224 and ext. 269