Department spokesman Tom Shaer says "The Summit of Hope" is designed to reduce the rate of recidivism by helping people update their driver's licenses, find counseling services, and take part in health screenings.
"This gives them a good opportunity in one stop to put together the pieces of a productive life because a safe and productive parolee (ex-offender) is a safe impact on society")
The first one of the year will be Thursday in Rock Falls. The state has scheduled eight "Summit of Hope" events around Illinois for 2014. Ex-offenders are invited based on where they live.
Shaer says in previous years, between 400-900 participants attended events at each location.
February 20, 2014 - Rock Falls - Harvest Time Bible Church, 1802 Dixon Avenue, Rock Falls, IL 61071
March 11, 2014 - Marion - 3rd Baptist Church, 1102 E. Boulevard, Marion, IL 62959
March 19, 2014 – Decatur - Old King’s Orchard Community Center, 815 North Church Street, Decatur, IL 62521
April 24, 2014 – Rockford - Rockford Metropolitan Agency For Planning (RMAP), 315 N. Main Street, Rockford, IL 61101
May 13, 2014 - Olney - Olney Central College, 305 N West St., Olney, IL 62450
June 3, 2014 - Ullin - Shawnee Community College, 8364 Shawnee College Rd., Ullin, IL 62992
June 10, 2014 - Springfield - IL State Fairgrounds Orr Building, Springfield, IL 62701
October 1, 2014 – Rock Island – Church of the Nazarene, 2921 38th St., Rock Island, IL 61201