Illinois Companies Could Receive Tax Break For Hiring Ex-Convicts

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Originally posted on CBS St. Louis:

SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) - Unemployment is a big issue in Illinois, with the overall statewide rate at 9 percent. What can make it harder to get a job is if you are an ex-convict.

A state senator hopes to get a bill passed that would give businesses tax incentives for hiring ex-offenders, as long as the offense was not a sex offense.

Anthony Walker, who served eight years with the Illinois Department of Corrections’ impact incarceration program, understands how hard it can be to find a job. “I wasn’t fortunate to find a job, to gain employment, so I am in business now and I have been in business for 14 years. I think it’s a great opportunity for this bill to be passed ‘cause it gives interest for employers to hire ex-offenders, so they can be employed,” Walker said.

Melinda Costa, the general manager at Travelogde in Springfield, hires…

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