Contact: John E. Davis September 28, 2010
Scott Lee Cohen-Independent Candidate for Governor of Illinois
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
COHEN'S URGENT APPEAL HELPFUL IN GAINING EXTENSION FOR "PUTTING ILLINOIS TO WORK" PROGRAM
Chicago - Independent Candidate for Governor of Illinois, Scott Lee Cohen, is breathing a sigh of relief today after getting word that Governor Quinn and state lawmakers have finally moved to extend the "Putting Illinois To Work" program beyond its September 30th expiration date.
"I'm very pleased that the legislature responded to my urgent appeal and to the concerns of community leaders as we called on Democrats and Republicans to save these vital jobs for some of the state's most hard-to-place workers," said Cohen.
The "Putting Illinois To Work" program was created through funding from the federal government's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. As many as 25,000 people, most of them low income residents, were able to find jobs through the program over the past six-months. However, in recent weeks those workers and the companies that hired them, became concerned that with the expiration date approaching, lawmakers were not going to act in time to extend the program. That's when several community leaders and employers contacted the Cohen campaign for help in raising awareness. Last week, Cohen and his Lieutenant Governor running mate, Baxter Swilley, issued an urgent appeal to state and federal lawmakers to move quickly to provide the necessary funding so that the program could continue.
"We cannot allow these workers or any others in Illinois to lose their jobs. I am pleased for those who will keep their jobs through "Putting Illinois To Work", but I will not be satisfied until every Illinois resident who wants to work, will find a job right here in our state," said Cohen.
Cohen, whose campaign has held a series of "Job Fairs" around the state, today announced that the next one would be held on October 5th in Rockford at 7910 Newburg Road, from 10:00am to 2:00pm. An estimated 1,200 job seekers are expected to attend.