Lawmaker, Advocates Launch Voter Registration Drive For Ex-OffendersState Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) said there are more than 4 million people in Illinois with some form of criminal background.
'Summit Of Hope' Expo Aims To Help Ex-Cons Get Lives Back On TrackHundreds 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.
CTA Expands Apprentice Program For Ex-OffendersThe apprentices start at $9.25 an hour at jobs cleaning buses and trains, and can work themselves into jobs as CTA bus drivers.
Felony Franks Closes, Plans To Relocate To NW SideFelony Franks - the hot dog stand with the Misdemeanor Wieners and a staff of ex-felons - shut down Monday afternoon.
Sweet Beginnings Offers Ex-Offenders A Second Chance With HoneySweet 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.
Jobless Crisis Hitting Ex-Offenders Much HarderThe 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.
Felony Franks Hot Dog Stand May CloseThe hotdog stand on the West Side called Felony Franks - where the owner hires only ex-offenders - may be closing.