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.
The 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 – the hot dog stand with the Misdemeanor Wieners and a staff of ex-felons – shut down Monday afternoon.
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.
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.
The hotdog stand on the West Side called Felony Franks – where the owner hires only ex-offenders – may be closing.