News

Unemployed Youth May Get a Boost

Unemployed Youth May Get a Boost

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

Increased funding from the state may help more young people in Illinois find a job this summer.

The state has summer employment programs for teenagers and young adults, but according to Illinois Department of Natural Resources Deputy Director Beth Penesis, her department and others can’t meet the demand for jobs. “I’m excited about the work that we’ve done, but very sad that some of the good applications we’re not going to be able to honor,” Penesis said.

State Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) has held several hearings on youth unemployment around the state, and says the governor is addressing the problem. “So he’s adding an additional $5 million, so now we have a total of $20 million in the proposed budget for youth employment,” Hunter said.

But Hunter says young people are still struggling to find year-round jobs because older workers are competing for those same positions.

Recent Headlines

in Local

US Rep. Davis: OK With Lawsuit Against Obama

davis

Whether President Obama winds up at the defense table or not, one of Illinois' Republican Congressmen is defending the move to sue him

in Local

Audit: State Wait Times for Nursing Care Claims 3 Months

state_capitol_1

Audit finds may seeking state-paid nursing home care have been waiting more than 90 days for a decision on their cases

in Local

The Fix for Illinois in 98 Steps

illinois flag

Ex-lawmaker, ex-revenue chief co-write new book

in Local

State Fairgrounds Repairs Are Ongoing

state fair logo

IHPA is also short of cash

in Local

A New Law Will Support Community Health Workers

local_news_generic

Sponsor: Current status is unofficial