Posts tagged "put illinois to work"

News Roundup: Jobs program extension keeps thousands employed over the holidays

As unemployment benefits start to run out, Gov. Pat Quinn announced yesterday that he is extending the “Put Illinois to Work” program, which has employed 26,000 Illinoisans, until Jan. 15. The extension was paid for with $47 million from the $1.3 billion sale of tobacco bonds, which are backed by payments the tobacco companies make... Read more »

News Roundup: Illinois prison population climbs to a record high

Illinois jails are filling to the brim as the prison population reaches 49,000, an increase of 3,000 from last year. With more prisoners being crammed into the same amount of space, overcrowding has become an issue. Prisoners are doubling up in cells, and in one prison 100 inmates have been stuffed into basement area with... Read more »