Put Illinois To Work reports creating 26,000 jobs this year. Will it be renewed?

New reports boast 26,000 jobs created
by Put Illinois To Work, the largest federally funded employment
program. Three quarters of those
jobs are in Chicago. The program, supported by millions in stimulus dollars, expires at the end of the month and
supporters are hoping Congress will extend funding.

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--Compiled by Samantha Winslow


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  • Extend another government program????? Check the numbers before we start spending money we don't have.Where are these jobs? Doing what? How long will they last? Sorry,don't mean to rain on the parade but look before we leap,please......

  • In reply to waterbill:

    Hey Bill - Putting Illinoians to work is actually a really great program, and I'm super skeptical of government anti-poverty programs.

    Instead of welfare, which usually makes people do sometimes meaningless "job training" or manual labor, this program pays companies to hire people. So, maybe you run a box factory, and you take on this new employee, but the state pays their wages. The employee gets actual job experience - something a lot of low-income people, especially young people - don't have and need. The employer gets work and gets to see if this employee is worth their salt.

    The idea is called a transitional job, and they're actually one of the most successful programs, whether they're done by government or private organizations. A lot of times, the employer ends up hiring the person - after all, they've seen them work and they know the job. And if not, that person has actual job experience and a reference to put on their resume.

    Would you rather have low-income people just living on benefits or working directly for what they get? Maybe before you question a program's worth, you should also take a look into what it's really like.

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