Put Illinois to Work

By WEEK Producer

July 15, 2010 Updated Apr 26, 2010 at 7:00 PM CST

The state of Illinois has unveiled a new plan to put about 15,000 young people to work.

The "Put Illinois to Work" plan involves subsidizing workers for up to six months in private, public or not-for-profit businesses.

Potential employees either have to be between the ages of 18 - 21, or be over 21 and have a child that is a minor. All eligible employees must also meet income guidelines.

IDHS Secretary Michelle Saddler explains,"participants will earn $10 an hour. These are excellent wages, and they will be required to work a minimum of thirty hours per week. Who can be an employer? It's wide open. We need all employees to sign up."

Money for the program comes from the the American Recovery Act.

One employer who was planning to hire thirty workers said he hoped the program would stay in place past its six-month deadline, but that is not in the current plans.

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