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Ex-Convicts

CTA Bus (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

Ex-Felons To Keep Jobs With CTA, Cleaning Buses

It appears that 60 ex-felon apprentice car-cleaners will keep their jobs at the CTA — but they will be cleaning buses instead of rapid transit cars for the foreseeable future.

01/02/2014

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‘Summit Of Hope’ Expo Aims To Help Ex-Cons Get Lives Back On Track

Hundreds of ex-offenders have been turning out in suburban Harvey on Tuesday, to attend a state resources fair designed to help them reintegrate into society.

08/06/2013

Sweet Beginnings

Sweet Beginnings Offers Ex-Offenders A Second Chance With Honey

Sweet Beginnings is a West Side company known Beeline line for its honey and skin care products. The company also gives ex-convicts a chance at developing a work history.

WBBM Newsradio–04/09/2012

Workers at Safer Foundation help ex-offenders find jobs by providing job training, teaching work discipline and helping ex-convicts get GEDs and other education. (Credit: CBS)

Jobless Crisis Hitting Ex-Offenders Much Harder

The Illinois unemployment rate is up again; it now stands at 10.1 percent. But there’s one group facing a jobless rate five times worse: ex-convicts. Most former convicts want badly to work, but most employers are not interested in hiring them.

CBS 2–11/23/2011

Workers hang a new sign for Felony Franks, a hot dog stand at 229 S. Western Ave. that goes out of its way to hire ex-convicts. The owner had fought for 2 1/2 years with the local alderman over whether the sign could be hung over the sidewalk outside the hot dog stand. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya, WBBM)

Felony Franks Hot Dog Stand Wins Overhead Sign

There’s no doubt about it – when you’re driving along Western Avenue near the Eisenhower Expressway, you won’t be able to miss a hot dog stand that goes out of its way to hire ex-convicts.

CBS Chicago–08/11/2011