Ex-Offenders

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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

Michael Russell, a CTA apprentice who is an ex-offender, is in line for a job as a CTA bus driver after three years in the apprentice program. (Credit: CBS)

CTA Expands Apprentice Program For Ex-Offenders

The apprentices start at $9.25 an hour at jobs cleaning buses and trains, and can work themselves into jobs as CTA bus drivers.

WBBM Newsradio–03/07/2013

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 Closes, Plans To Relocate To NW Side

Felony Franks – the hot dog stand with the Misdemeanor Wieners and a staff of ex-felons – shut down Monday afternoon.

CBS Chicago–06/04/2012

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

Felony Franks

Felony Franks Hot Dog Stand May Close

The hotdog stand on the West Side called Felony Franks – where the owner hires only ex-offenders – may be closing.

CBS Chicago–02/09/2011