Governor Quinn challenges employers to hire veterans

By WEEK Reporter

July 12, 2012 Updated Jul 12, 2012 at 10:39 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Just days after Governor Quinn signed a new tax credit to help veterans find jobs, Thursday he called on employers.

In Chicago the governor challenged Illinois companies to hire 100,000 veterans by 2020.

The measure signed earlier this week provided an additional tax credit of up to $5,000 for each veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan hired by Illinois companies.

Joined by representatives from more than 60 companies, the governor explained it's time we help those who help defend our freedom.

"Our nation is profoundly grateful to those who answered the call to duty, " said Quinn. "We have an all volunteer military, and we should never forget that those who come forward and say here I am we have to be there for them when they come home."

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate for veterans who've served since 2001 is about 12%.

The governor hopes the 100,000 jobs mission hiring event will reduce that figure.

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