Extension to Put Illinois to Work

By WEEK Producer

September 28, 2010 Updated Sep 28, 2010 at 8:54 PM CDT

Governor Pat Quinn Tuesday announced a temporary extension to the Put Illinois to Work program for up to two more months.

Quinn says more than 26,000 $10 an hour workers have been hired under Put Illinois to Work.

In Chicago, the the Governor called on Illinoisans to call members of Congress to pass an extension of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Emergency Contingency Fund.

"I want to make sure that all of us here in Illinois- on the home front, on the job front- we make our voices clear to those in Washington," said Governor Quinn. "To our friends, the Republicans: the best way to help the most people to get them jobs, and we've got the most successful jobs program in the whole United States".

Furthermore, on the floor of the Senate Tuesday, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin called on members of both parties to support the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program.

Durbin said Republicans have rejected extending the program by Thursday because it was created during the Obama Economic Recovery Act.

It's believed it won't come up for a vote now until November.

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