Illinois State

Tanya Koonce

   The state is almost ready to make allocations for the communities hardest hit by the November 17th tornadoes.

Prison parolees attend state sponsored job fair

Jun 10, 2014

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.

Volunteers shepherd 300 ex-offenders around to dozens of booths at a building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds, all of which are here to help them get to their ultimate goal: employment. This event is known as the "Summit of Hope," one of eight such events around the state planned for this year.