Whether your window view is of fertile plains and prairies or the bright bustle of a big city, any Illinois home office view is as pretty as the purple violet. From Chicago to Cedarville, if you want a virtual or remote career, your chances of success with our database of Illinois Telecommute Jobs are as strong as the wood of a white oak.

Illinois-based Companies that Hire Telecommuters
Illinoisans, who want to work for local companies, can take pride in the Illinois-based businesses that hire employees seeking flexible work schedules. Whether you want to work from home full-time, part-time or find a career with travel options, there is a perfect match for you in the “Prairie State.” Consider these Illinois employers with a history of hiring telecommuters.

Allstate Insurance (Northbrook) – Personal insurance plans and services
Artisan Talent (Chicago) – Creative staffing
BlueCross BlueShield Association (Chicago) – Health benefits and insurance
Boeing (Chicago) – Commercial and military jetliner manufacturer
eLoyalty (Lake Forest) – Customer Interactions Solutions provider
Groupon (Chicago) – Coupon and daily deals website
Quarasan (Chicago) – Educational content development
Sara Lee (Downers Grove) – Food, bakery and beverage manufacturer
Sears Holdings Corporation (Hoffman Estates) – Consumer products retailer

National Telecommute Companies that Restrict Illinois Workers
We have not identified any national companies that restrict the hiring of telecommute workers from Illinois.

Minimum Wage Requirements
As of January 2012, the Illinois Minimum Wage is $8.25. This amount is one dollar higher than the Federal Minimum Wage of $7.25 and is applicable for an employer with four or more employees, who are not members of the employer’s family.

Illinois Telecommute Laws & Tax Considerations
Virtual Vocations has not uncovered any restrictions or specialties pertaining to telecommuting employment laws or tax filing in Illinois.

Co-working Centers
Telework and co-working centers are collaborative spaces where freelancers and telecommuters can complete their work in shared office-style space. Common features of co-working centers include rentable desk or office space, business address, phone, fax, high-speed Internet, as well as scanning, copying and printing services. Check out these co-working centers in Illinois.

coLAB (Evanston)
OfficePort (Chicago)
Ravenswookd Coworking Group (Chicago)
TechNexus Clubhouse (Chicago)
The COOP (Chicago)
The Writer’s Workspace (Chicago)

Work from Home Scams
With regard to avoiding work-at-home scams, Illinoisans need to be as determined as “Da Bears.” According to the Chicago Tribune, as recently as July 2011 an Illinois woman sued an online company in Cook County court for promising she would earn large sums of money while performing home-based work for Google. Instead, Lynette Booth discovered fraudulent charges on her credit card bill after she provided the company with her personal information.

For information on additional work-from-home scams to avoid, review this Forbes list.

Additional Resource(s)
If you would like to view more information about the telecommuting lifestyle, investigate virtual employment work leads and communicate with other remote workers like you, visit our Virtual Vocations forums.