Everyone’s experience applying for Social Security Disability benefits will be unique. Part of this is because everyone’s individual medical and work history is different. But, potential applicants should also know that each state – like Illinois – has its own story to tell in terms of social security disability benefit approval rates at each stage of the process, as well as waiting times at the hearing stage.
Why is State-by-State Information Important?
Specialized disability advocates (like us here at Citizens Disability) and Illinois social security disability attorneys know all too well how important it is to understand that every state is different. It’s very helpful to know what the trends are, how long the wait times are from office to office, and what the different rates of approvals are.
Citizens Disability takes a data-driven approach to helping our clients. We want to make sure that we’re giving our clients the best possible advice at every step in the application process. We also work very hard to present the best possible case for each of our clients. Bringing together data from a wide variety of sources – including data like this, which comes from the Social Security Administration – allows us to make smart decisions when we present cases for our clients.
Finally, this information can be very helpful to applicants. Applying for social security benefits is likely a new experience for most applicants, and having an idea of what they can expect from the process can help them be engaged and involved participants with their advocates.
While your own journey may be different than the trends you see here, these tables and charts can help you understand what, on average, you can expect.
You will also find location and contact information for all the offices in Illinois below.
Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits in Illinois – What You Need To Know
There are generally three stages in the application process for Social Security Disability benefits: initial application, reconsideration, and the hearing. In this table, you can see how Illinois compares to the national average (all states in America) when it comes to approval rates at each of those stages.
|Initial Application (L1)||Reconsideration (L2)||Hearing (L3)|
As the table shows, Illinois has a lower overall approval rating compared to the national average. Illinois edges out the national average at the Initial Application level slightly at 1.6%, but fall behind at the other two levels – Reconsideration and Hearing.
Illinois Initial Application Approval Over Time
|Initial Application Approval Rate||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
As the table and the below chart show, Illinois has been steadily improving over the years. As of 2018 Illinois’ average approval rating is better than the national average of Initial Applications going back to at least 2010. In 2018, Illinois ranked 29th in the nation in terms of percentage approval of Initial Applications. While approval rates have improved in Illinois over the last few years, they still are below the national average. If you are thinking of applying for SSDI, don’t worry – there are multiple stages to the application process.
Illinois Reconsideration Approval Over Time
|Reconsideration Approval Rate||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
As the table and the below chart indicate, Illinois has dipped above and below the national average when it comes to Approvals at the Reconsideration level. In 2018, Illinois ranked 37th in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Reconsideration. However, as you can see, in general, the chances of winning approval at Reconsideration are not particularly high. That is why many applicants must continue in the next level, the Hearing.
Illinois Hearings Approval Over Time
|Hearing Approval Rate||2018||2017||2016||2015||2014||2013||2012||2011||2010|
As the table and the below chart indicate, Illinois has been consistently worse than the national average when it comes to approvals at the Hearing level. In 2018, Illinois ranked 32nd in the nation for highest percentage of approvals at Hearings.
However, as you’ll see below, all individual hearing offices in Illinois are not the same – each office has its own approval rates, and almost as importantly, waiting times. Which hearing office your case is assigned to in Illinois may have a significant bearing on your chances for approval.
Also worthy of note is the fact that past performance is only one indicator of likely outcomes; as new data comes in, you might see that a state’s performance compared to the national average has either improved or weakened.
Illinois SSDI Hearing Wait Times & Approval By Office
Illinois is part of the Social Security Administration’s “Region 5,” which is headquartered in Chicago. There are 6 hearing offices in Illinois. You can see waiting times for hearings & case dispositions for each office below, with comparisons to Illinois and National Averages.
The “Hearing Wait Time (Months)” is, on average, how long it takes in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing and when that hearing occurs.
The “Average Disposition Time (Days)” is, on average, the number of days in between when an applicant asks for a Hearing, and when the Administrative Law Judge who hears their case actually makes a decision on that case.
The “Average Approval Rate” is percentage at which cases are decided in favor of the applicant.
|Hearing Wait Time (Months)||Average Disposition Time (Days)||Average Approval Rate (2019)|
As the table here and the chart below indicate, in 2019, Illinois has the same average wait time as the National average. This is due to a single office, The Chicago NHC location, having an incredibly long average wait time of 23.1 months. The rest of the offices have below average wait times. The average approval ratings for all of the offices however are all below the national average. None of the offices reach a 50% approval rating.
These waiting times and approval rates only highlight how important it can be to have a qualified representative – such as an Advocate from Citizens Disability – working on your case. The Government Accountability Office has done research that shows that an applicant who has a representative has an up to three times greater chance of being approved than a person who goes it alone.
Hearing Offices in Illinois & The SSA Offices They Serve
These are the “Office of Hearing Operations” offices in Illinois. These offices are where hearings are scheduled and generally conducted. Each OHO office supports a number of regional Social Security Administration field offices. You are likely (but not guaranteed) to have your hearing scheduled with a Judge who works in the OHO office that supports the SSA field office nearest to you.
Regional Office Region 5 Chicago SSA, OHO
4th Floor 600 West Madison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60661
(877) 800-7576 • (312) 886-3456
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
Hearing Office Region 5 Chicago SSA, OHO
Citadel Building, 19th Floor 131 S. Dearborn
Chicago, Illinois 60603
(866) 964-1719 • (312) 263-7418 • (877) 670-6914
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ILLINOIS: Chicago (Back of the Yards), Chicago (East), Chicago (Lawndale), Chicago (Loop), Chicago (Near Northwest/West Town), Chicago (Near Southwest), Chicago (South), Chicago (Southeast), Chicago (West)
National Hearing Office Region 5 Chicago SSA, OHO
NHC Suite 1500 200 West Adams
Chicago, Illinois 60606
(877) 768-5681 • (312) 660-9457 • (877) 310-0642
Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Hearing Office Region 5 Evanston SSA, OHO
Northwestern University Research Park 1033 University Place, Suite 200
Evanston, Illinois 60201
(866) 336-6051 • (847) 869-6121 • (877) 670-6920
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ILLINOIS: Chicago (North), Chicago (Northwest), Evanston, Freeport, Mt. Prospect, Rockford, Sterling, Waukegan, Woodstock
Hearing Office Region 5 Oak Brook SSA, OHO
Suite 201 2301 West 22nd Street
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
(866) 964-7344 • (630) 954-2995 • (877) 670-6912
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ILLINOIS: Aurora, Bloomingdale, Elgin, Hillside, North Riverside, Woodridge
Hearing Office Region 5 Orland Park SSA, OHO
15401 South 94th Avenue
Orland Park, Illinois 60462
(877) 490-9530 • (708) 675-3300 • (877) 670-6915
Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
ILLINOIS: Champaign, Chicago (SW Suburbs), Chicago Heights, Danville, Joliet, Kankakee, Peru
Hearing Office Region 5 Peoria SSA, OHO
3328 W. Willow Knolls Drive
Peoria, Illinois 61614
(866) 726-8293 • (309) 689-9782 • (877) 670-6918
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
ILLINOIS: Bloomington, Decatur, Galesburg, Pekin, Peoria, Rock Island, Springfield
List of Social Security Administration Field Offices in Illinois
|Office Name||Location||Address||City||State||Phone Number|
|CHICAGO LOOP IL||605 W WASHINGTON BLVD||CHICAGO||IL||(800) 772-1213|
|EAST ST LOUIS IL||ROOM 104 FEDERAL BLDG||650 MISSOURI AVE||EAST ST LOUIS||IL||(877) 700-4849|
|PEORIA IL||815 W PIONEER PARKWAY||PEORIA||IL||(877) 319-6039|
|SPRINGFIELD IL||3112 CONSTITUTION DR||SPRINGFIELD||IL||(877) 279-9504|
|ROCK ISLAND IL||2350 4TH AVE||ROCK ISLAND||IL||(866) 414-9166|
|QUINCY IL||2401 LIND STREET||QUINCY||IL||(888) 279-5999|
|WAUKEGAN IL||1930 N LEWIS AVE||WAUKEGAN||IL||(800) 772-1213|
|MT VERNON IL||FEDERAL BUILDING||105 S 6TH STREET||MOUNT VERNON||IL||(866) 931-2549|
|DANVILLE IL||400 N. VERMILION ST.||DANVILLE||IL||(866) 331-5394|
|JOLIET IL||552 HOUBOLT RD||JOLIET||IL||(866) 783-7302|
|HARRISBURG IL||18 VETERANS DRIVE||HARRISBURG||IL||(866) 366-3980|
|ROCKFORD IL||502 E JEFFERSON ST||ROCKFORD||IL||(877) 628-6570|
|CHICAGO-EAST IL||6338 S COTTAGE GROVE||CHICAGO||IL||(800) 772-1213|
|CHICAGO-WEST IL||5130 WEST NORTH AVENUE||CHICAGO||IL||(800) 772-1213|
|CHICAGO NORTH IL||2127 W LAWRENCE AVE||CHICAGO||IL||(800) 772-1213|
|CHICAGO SOUTH||8658 S SACRAMENTO AVE||CHICAGO||IL||(800) 772-1213|
|CHAMPAIGN IL||101 S COUNTRY FAIR DR||CHAMPAIGN||IL||(877) 819-2593|
|NORTH RIVERSIDE IL||ROOM 600||7222 W CERMAK RD||NORTH RIVERSIDE||IL||(800) 772-1213|
|HILLSIDE IL||230 NORTH MANNHEIM RD||HILLSIDE||IL||(800) 772-1213|
|EVANSTON IL||2116 GREEN BAY RD||EVANSTON||IL||(800) 772-1213|
|GALESBURG IL||2060 WINDISH DRIVE||GALESBURG||IL||(877) 405-7659|
|DECATUR IL||606 W PERSHING RD||DECATUR||IL||(888) 619-4773|
|BLOOMINGTON IL||207 N WILLIAMSBURG DR||BLOOMINGTON||IL||(877) 405-4640|
|AURORA IL||1325 N. LAKE STREET||AURORA||IL||(877) 274-5412|
|CHICAGO HEIGHTS IL||104 S HALSTED STREET||CHICAGO HEIGHTS||IL||(800) 772-1213|
|CHICAGO-NR NW IL||3260 W FULLERTON AVE||CHICAGO||IL||(800) 772-1213|
|ALTON IL||ROOM 103 FEDERAL BLDG||501 BELLE ST||ALTON||IL||(855) 285-6006|
|CHICAGO-NW IL||SUITE 600||4849 N MILWAUKEE AVE||CHICAGO||IL||(800) 772-1213|
|CHICAGO-SE IL||9715 S COTTAGE GROVE||CHICAGO||IL||(800) 772-1213|
|ELGIN IL||SUITE 100||790 FLETCHER DR||ELGIN||IL||(877) 405-0435|
|KANKAKEE IL||630 E. OAK ST.||KANKAKEE||IL||(855) 807-8801|
|CARBONDALE IL||RM 104||250 W CHERRY ST||CARBONDALE||IL||(877) 714-0377|
|STERLING IL||SUITE C||3512 E LINCOLNWAY||STERLING||IL||(866) 789-1093|
|PERU IL||915 WENZEL RD||PERU||IL||(855) 245-0640|
|FREEPORT IL||4 E LINDEN ST||FREEPORT||IL||(855) 628-1591|
|EFFINGHAM IL||SUITE 2||1207 NETWORK CENTRE DR||EFFINGHAM||IL||(855) 213-5288|
|BLOOMINGDALE IL||230 WEST LAKE STREET||BLOOMINGDALE||IL||(800) 772-1213|
|MOUNT PROSPECT IL||705 NORTH WHEELING RD||MOUNT PROSPECT||IL||(800) 772-1213|
|CHICAGO LAWNDALE IL||2416 S PULASKI ROAD||CHICAGO||IL||(800) 772-1213|
|WOODRIDGE IL||7440 PROVIDENCE DR||WOODRIDGE||IL||(866) 303-2724|
|LITCHFIELD IL||1107 W FERDON||LITCHFIELD||IL||(877) 319-3077|
|CHICAGO SW SUBU||10718 S ROBERTS RD||PALOS HILLS||IL||(800) 772-1213|
|PEKIN IL||2801 BROADWAY||PEKIN||IL||(877) 405-0499|
|WOODSTOCK IL||2450 LAKE SHORE DR||WOODSTOCK||IL||(877) 405-7828|
|WEST FRANKFORT||1005 FACTORY OUTLET DR||WEST FRANKFORT||IL||(888) 223-8869|
|BELLEVILLE IL||LAKE CHRISTINE CENTER||1670 LEBANON AVE||BELLEVILLE||IL||(877) 405-0471|
|BACK OF THE YARDS||4631 S ASHLAND AVE||CHICAGO||IL||(800) 772-1213|
All data on this page is current as of July, 2019.
About Citizens Disability, LLC:
Since 2010, Citizens Disability has been America’s premier Social Security Disability institution. Our services include helping people in applying for SSDI benefits, managing the process through Reconsideration, and representing people in person at their Hearing, and if necessary, bringing their case to the Appeals Council. Our mission is to give a voice to the millions of Americans who are disabled and unable to work, helping them receive the Social Security Disability benefits to which they may be entitled. Learn more about us and disability benefits like SSDI & SSI or give us a call (800)492-3260.
More Important Information about The Application Process
Other Applying For SSDI FAQs:
- Can Citizens Disability help with my application?
- Does this process take as long as I’ve heard about?
- Can I receive both Medicare and Social Security disability benefits?
- Do I receive compensation while I wait for my approval?
- If I am denied, should I reapply?
- How long does it take for an initial application to be decided?
- What happens during the reconsideration stage?
- At which stage do I require an advocate?
- Should I give medical updates to the disability authorities throughout the appeals processes?
- Are there any costs to me during the appeals process?