MARK KIRK SWORN IN AND MAJOR MEDIA AND LEADERS GIVES KIRK A PASS ON HIS POSITION ON FEDERAL FUNDS TO KEEP 26,000 JOBS AND WORKERS WORKING UNDER PUT ILLINOIS TO WORK PROGRAM
The local and national media watched Mark Kirk sworn In As Illinois new Junior Senator then Senator Kirk is given a major media pass on his position on the federal funds that former Senator Roland Burris and Senator Dick Durbin Illinois foought for to save The "Put Illinois To Work" Jobs Program and saving the 26,000 Jobs for the at-risk youth and adults, who on November 30th the State funds were exhausted, and with no federal funds, the 26,000 workers were out of jobs, officially today.
Senator Kirk publicly stated after his swearing-in that one of his top priorities was local employment, well with that said, how can he not have a public commitment to whether or not he will offer his support to Senator Durbin's efforts to release the federal funds to keep 26,000 jobs in Illinois and about 13,00 of those in Chicago area.!!
Senator Kirk is a seasoned political leader in Washington DC and does not need a "honeymoon" with 26,000 at-risk youth and adults lives hanging with uncertainty and desperation. The media ownes it to these 26,000 workers to know that their new Junior Senator is not just providing mere symbolic words in his commitment to local job creation when he has the "right now" opportunity to help sustain 26,000 Illinois jobs that "Put Illinois To Work" provides.
Finally, Governor Quinn has one last opportunity on this day to make decision on where he might tap into other state line items to provide yet another extension for these jobs while the efforts to secure the federal funding continues with the new Congress. Future plans of the Governor are fine, but he also today has the "right now" decision of 26,000 workers and their jobs in his hands.