This a sounds very wonderful, but I've been unemployed in IL since Nov 09. IDES did not go out of their way to tell people about this program, and if you read in to this, which I strongly urge you to, there is a clause in the act that does not allow you to go back on unemployment insurance if you have gotten a job through this program. While it is nice that they are doing something, this is not enough. All it seems to be doing is allowing the government to lower the unemployment rate by effectively sweeping the unemployed under the proverbial carpet. The only way for this program to really work is if the jobs continue after the employers stop receiving federal funds for hiring workers through this program, which is not guaranteed by this program. We need real solution, not a temporary fix.
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