(Chicago, IL) — April 26, 2010. Another day, another jobs program gets rolled-out by Governor Pat Quinn.
Today, Quinn unveiled the Put Illinois to Work program, an anti-poverty program aimed at building a healthy workforce by putting 15,000 unemployed and underemployed Illinois residents back to work.
“The program will also assist in building a workforce that possesses the skills, abilities and experiences that Illinois employers need to remain competitive in the U.S. and global marketplace,” said Quinn.
Put Illinois to Work is a collaborative effort of the Illinois Department of Human Services, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and Heartland Human Care Services funded through President Barack Obama’s 2009 federal stimulus bill.
The new jobs program announcement by Quinn is the third in the last 10 days.
On April 19 Quinn joined Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at the Eads Bridge in St. Louis to break ground on the new $667 million Mississippi River Bridge project which is estimated to create 2,200 jobs.
And on April 15 Quinn and Illinois Department of Transportation officials rolled-out a $12.84 billion Multi-Year Highway Improvement Program that is expected to create an estimated 167,000 direct jobs over the next six years.
Through the new Put Illinois to Work program, eligible Illinois residents will be placed in subsidized employment positions with participating worksites for up to six months, learning valuable skills and supporting their families, according to Quinn’s office.
“The program will draw down federal funds that will stimulate the Illinois economy and even more importantly, will help the citizens we serve to gain critical skills in the workforce,” said Illinois Human Services Secretary Michelle Saddler.
Quinn is encouraging private, public and non-profit businesses to sign on with Put Illinois to Work. Eligible participants will be matched to subsidized employment opportunities with these worksites with the aim to transition into an unsubsidized position at the program’s conclusion.
Eligible worksites and participants must meet program criteria and agree to adhere to specific programmatic requirements:
- Participants must be age 18-21, or 18 and over and the parent (custodial or non-custodial) of a minor child.
- All participants must have a household income below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level ($2,428 per month for a family of two)
- Be legally present and authorized to work.
During the primary campaign against Comptroller Dan Hynes, Quinn focused relentlessly on a “job-creation, job retention” message long before other candidates had sniffed out the issue’s potency. If Quinn can keep his general election message focused on jobs, he may be able to save his own.
For eligibility criteria and additional information on Put Illinois to Work, visit www.PutIllinoistoWork.Illinois.gov.