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.
Also in the news ...
- Massachusetts just passed a law banning employers from asking about an applicant's criminal record. Will more states follow suit?
- Some economists believe that, as the
recession continues, some jobs will open for highly skilled workers,
like doctors, lawyers and engineers. There may also be growth in low-skilled, low-paying jobs but few opportunities predicted for those in
- A federal judge will rule on a new Illinois plan to help shift mentally disabled patients out of state-funded institutions and into homes and apartments. Advocates say it will improve quality of life for those with mental illness, and save the state millions of dollars
- Should the housing market be allowed to crash again? Some experts argue
that the housing market is still inflated. They say if prices drop even more then regular people will be able to afford home ownership.
--Compiled by Samantha Winslow