Summit of Hope en Prison parolees attend state sponsored job fair <p>In Illinois, twenty-five-thousand men and women are released from state prisons each year. Ideally, that means twenty-five-thousand people entering the job market. Illinois already has higher-than-average unemployment, and a criminal record can make it even harder to find work. That's why the Illinois Department of Corrections is trying to lend a hand to ex-offenders through a series of specialized events. Illinois Public Radio's Hannah Meisel attended one Tuesday in Springfield.</p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Volunteers shepherd 300 ex-offenders around to dozens of booths at a&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, all of which are here to help them get to their ultimate goal: employment.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This event is known as the "Summit of Hope," one of eight such events around the state planned for this year.</span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:45:51 +0000 Hannah Meisel 24683 at Prison parolees attend state sponsored job fair Summit of Hope event in Peoria <div>About 800 people on parole and probation were invited to get help from the state Department of Corrections on re-entering society. The state DOC held one of its Summit of Hope events in Peoria Tuesday. The event lets those with convictions find ways to pursue higher education, get a job and become involved in community groups.</div><div> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:01:18 +0000 Alex Rusciano & Tanya Koonce 14505 at Summit of Hope event in Peoria