If you are a new grad prepare to wait! I thought I would just inform anyone wanting to know.
Took the exam in Feb 20..paid for the $7 quick results and 6 weeks later the official results came. Sent it in March 12...got my license April 10. I do not know if its better to take it midyear. But from the census of those who currently have taken it in Illinois around December, Feb, March, and April...it will take more than 3 weeks as they are backlogged. Be patient....or take a celebratory vacation for passing the Illinois NCLEX.