‚ąö CHECK. WE DID THIS! We went online to list ourselves as PROPONENTS of SB1659 and HB1547 to give $1500 tax credits to employers who hire formerly incarcerated people.
Thanks so much to everyone who slipped in favor of this bill. SB 1659 passed the Executive Committee 13-2 and more than 75 proponents from all over the state signed on in support! Now please email your representatives using this easy link¬†and let them know you support the bill.
We only have until 1:40 pm today (Wednesday, March 6) to submit a slip in favor of Senate bill 1659.
And here is the sister bill in the House.¬†Please submit slip for HB1547 by 7:30am, Thursday March 7.
About 3.8 million adults in Illinois have a criminal record, and therefore a lifetime barrier to steady employment. This¬†bill will give employers a strong incentive to hire people with records.
Jobs strengthen families, build safer communities and allow people to become taxpayers. There is no better way to reduce the chance of a future incarceration than giving someone the opportunity to become stable and self-sufficient.
We must encourage employers to give people the chance to turn their lives around and reward those who do so. It is a great investment for everyone.
Thank you so much Senator Patricia Van Pelt and Representative Art Turner Jr.