Illinois Bill To Pay Businesses That Hire Ex-Cons; Democratic Sponsor Says Felons Are ‘40 Percent’ Of State Population

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Over the weekend, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed off on a set of new laws intended to curb the State’s soaring rate of recidivism for ex-felons.

One, sponsored by State Senator Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins (D-Chicago) and State Representative Arthur Turner (D-Chicago), raises the income tax credit for businesses that hire ex-felons from $600 to a new maximum of $1,500 per employee. Employers can receive the credit for five years, and they are eligible if they hire a qualifying ex-con within three years of release from prison.

While it’s true that well-intentioned ex-cons face tremendous legal and societal hurdles that often make the task of integrating into a fruitful post-prison role monumentally difficult, the trend must be an all-out epidemic in Illinois. CBS Chicago reports that Watkins touted the tax credit by observing it would benefit the State’s 4 million ex-felons; that’s 40 percent of the adult population.

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“They know they are not going to get a job, they know they can’t get in school, they can’t even volunteer in a children’s school if you have a criminal record,” Watkins said.

An Illinois retail industry advocate told the Chicago Tribune the tax credit “really doesn’t have cost to the state. In fact, it will pay the state back in the long run because these ex-offenders aren’t being hired today.”

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  • Harold Olsen

    So, 40% of Illinois’ population are ex-cons? I can’t think of a better NOT to go there. I dare the state to feature that on their tourist brochures.

    • Michael Shreve

      Probably 70% in Chicago.

    • FreedomFighter

      Using tax dollars to make sure x-cons are hired — is criminal. The criminals were supposed to pay a debt to society not the other way around…this is beyond absurd.
      Laus Deo
      Semper FI

      • vicki

        If they are ex-cons then they have paid their debt to society. This is not to say that society owes them a job though.

    • JimH

      Hi Harold, A Democrat sponsor of the bill said 40% of the population are ex-cons. Maybe in his district. In my village if 10 of us got together, I doubt 4 of us would have done prison time.
      I think those figures are as reliable as any a Democrat will make up.

  • Michael Shreve

    Oh please, RECIDIVISM is about EASY MONEY. Working isn’t. AND who is LIABLE for the depredations RESULTING from hiring a known felon.

    • Chester

      Michael, who is responsible for the depredations of an EX felon who can NOT get a job, and is ineligible for most government programs for the same reason he or she can’t get a job, time spent in prison? Are you ready to lock every teenager who ripped off the local drug store for a few dollars worth of comics up for life? The attitude shown here sure makes it seem like anyone who breaks ANY law should be executed on the spot, no trial, so no expense other than a round or two of ammunition. I know you are going to tell me a “fair trial” put all those ex felons behind bars, but that isn’t always the case, and we both know it. Incidentally, after spending a quarter or more of your life behind bars, what currently usable skills will you have?

      • FreedomFighter

        They don’t deserve a hiring advantage over a law abiding citizen…they actually earned the hiring disadvantage for being a criminal…get it?
        Laus Deo
        Semper FI

        • Chester

          We aren’t talking some minor disadvantage. People have been known to leave a position they NEEDED filled empty rather than hire a highly qualified person who had spent time in prison. Thank goodness not every place has that attitude, but seems you are another who thinks a bullet to the head upon conviction would solve a lot of our crime problems. If England had still been practicing that when our forefathers left there to come here, America would now be French and Spanish rather than English, if it had been developed at all.

          • FreedomFighter

            If you want to ship all the criminals off a far distant land — feel free.
            Laus Deo
            Semper FI

          • Chester

            Well, England TRIED that, and it didn’t work. They tried executing anyone for anything, and that didn’t work. Unless you are ready to spend all your tax money supporting every person who passes gas in church for the rest of their natural life in prison, we NEED to try putting ex felons to work at legitimate labor, be it in an office or digging a ditch. Seems that currently there isn’t much call for ditch diggers, and Mickey D doesn’t like ex felons much better than you do, even for swamping out the kitchens.

  • JimH

    The Illinois politicians just want to make sure they will get a job once they get out of prison.Illinois, where the Governor’s serve there term, then serve there sentence.

  • Jake Thomas

    Seems ex-cons know a lot of things. To bad they didn’t know about how commiting a crime would affect their lives.

  • Nadzieja Batki

    I thought that Illinois Dems/Progs/Leftists had been creating productive citizens for all those years that they have been in power but apparently they have made Illinois the breeding ground to becoming the society of criminals. If they will pay businesses to hire criminals isn’t that a form of protection money or insurance in case the businesses don’t do well.

  • Nadzieja Batki

    I realized I wrote something wrong. The State of Illinois has been creating criminal “productive citizens”, in fact creating jobs for the lawyers, the judges, the courts, all the social workers, all the social agencies, all the feeder companies that service the court and jail system, all the colleges which provide training in social work, etc..

  • Bill

    Illinois is lost and will self destruct. Avoid that state at all costs

    • Rousseau Welch

      Illinois you put me in a Bankrupt state ( the word “happy” was from a 1990s Illinois tourism tv advert)

  • JLouisK

    I see nothing wrong with this, but leave it up to the employer to decide AFTER a BACKGROUND CHECK. The govornment requires background checks, let’s not have double standards.

    • Vis Fac

      Do you know how expensive a background check can be? We use to be able to ask if an applicant had ever been arrested we used to be able to contact the police department for help. Liberal one dimensional idiot-ology has done away with all the low or no cost avenues of due diligence. Now we need to PAY dearly for a “sanctioned” government report that may or may not contain critical data!

      We are supposed to blindly put others in peril on a statute designed to put people in peril. The sad facts are the state is tired of paying to keep tabs on felons and want employers to do it for them. So what if someone else is assaulted or murdered the state’s hands are clean. They did their part towards rehabilitation of these felons by forcing them onto employers
      Semper-Fi

  • Rob Huckfeldt

    First of all, why does such a large %age have a felony? Could it be the same reason Hitler’s SS had such a high %age? The government had turned rotten and enacted laws creating crime with a hidden agenda? How better to enslave a population that to make a myriad of laws that a whole team of Philadelphia lawyers couldn’t keep track of then make the population paranoid of those breaking the unknown and non-common sense laws? Paranoid to the point of saying we can’t even trust them with a job then wondering why they return to a life of crime. Should a conviction just ‘go away’ after time sreved? No, but what we are doing now is only making sure their ‘debt to society’ is never paid.

  • Vis Fac

    Felons by nature are mad at the system and have no intentions of living by established credo and I am supposed to hire a few of them? I would ask Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins (D-Chicago) and State Representative Arthur Turner (D-Chicago) how may of their staff are convicted felons. I don’t need an answer for we know ZILCH – NADA – ZERO

    Please someone tell my why DUMBOCRITES make up such asinine laws and expect everyone but them to live with. Like ODUMBO and other DUMBOCRITE congresspeople who say no having armed guards at public schools but insist on having armed guards at their children’s school AND armed BODY GUARDS where ever they go. Hypocrisy at its finest. Do as I sat NOT as I do. Indeed
    Semper-Fi

  • chimera236

    There is no possible way that 40 percent number is correct. You’d have at least a third of the population out of work because most employers won’t hire felons, and the court/correctional/parole systems would collapse under the burden of tracking all those ex-cons. The number has to be a mistake.