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 1        AN ACT concerning employment.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  5. The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Act
 5    is amended by adding Section 7.2 as follows:

 6        (20 ILCS 3930/7.2 new)
 7        Sec. 7.2. Illinois Ex-Offenders Employment  Stabilization
 8    Pilot Program.
 9        (a)  The   Authority   shall   establish   the   Illinois
10    Ex-Offender Employment Stabilization Pilot Program as a grant
11    program  to  (i) increase and improve post-release employment
12    opportunities for ex-offenders  and  (ii)  reduce  recidivism
13    rates   through  the  combined  resources  and  expertise  of
14    providers of workforce development and  supportive  services.
15    The   program   shall   be   established  in  Illinois  local
16    governments where (i) the number  of  residents  under  State
17    community   correctional   supervision   is  10,000  or  more
18    annually and (ii) the  number  of  returnees  to  that  local
19    government  who  have exited annually from State correctional
20    institutions is 25%  or  more  of  all  individuals  released
21    annually from State correctional  institutions. The Authority
22    shall  be  responsible  for  reviewing  grant  proposals  and
23    awarding  grants.   The  Authority may discontinue all or any
24    part of this program if, in the Authority's  discretion,  the
25    program  fails to accomplish the objectives set forth in this
26    subsection.
27        (b)  The   Governor   shall   appoint   an   Ex-Offenders
28    Employment Stabilization Pilot Program  Advisory  Board.  The
29    Advisory  Board shall be chaired by the Executive Director of
30    the Authority.  Additional board  members  appointed  by  the
31    Governor   shall  be  the  following:  2  representatives  of
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 1    Illinois business; the Commissioner of the  City  of  Chicago
 2    Mayor's  Office of Workforce Development; 4 members nominated
 3    for appointment by the Mayor of the City of  Chicago;  and  4
 4    members  nominated  for  appointment  by the President of the
 5    Cook County Board.  No members of the Advisory Board may have
 6    a direct or indirect interest in any entity that  receives  a
 7    grant under this Section.
 8        (c)  The Advisory Board shall:
 9             (1)  prepare  and  recommend  to the Authority rules
10        implementing this Act;
11             (2)  determine  criteria  and   procedures   to   be
12        followed  in  awarding grants and review applications for
13        grants under the  Ex-Offenders  Employment  Stabilization
14        Pilot Program; and
15             (3)  make recommendations to the Authority as to the
16        award   of   grants  under  the  Ex-Offenders  Employment
17        Stabilization Pilot Program.
18        (d)  Members  of  the  Advisory  Board   shall   not   be
19    reimbursed for their costs and expenses of participation. All
20    decisions  of  the  Advisory  Board shall be decided on a one
21    vote per member basis with a majority of the  Advisory  Board
22    membership to rule.
23        (e)  The  Advisory  Board  shall  report  annually to the
24    General Assembly on its effectiveness and shall make  further
25    recommendations  based on the experiences and outcomes of its
26    operations.
27        (f)  The  Ex-Offenders  Employment  Stabilization   Pilot
28    Program  shall require grant proposals to include, but not be
29    limited to, the following elements to achieve a holistic  and
30    comprehensive  service  strategy  to assist individuals after
31    parole, mandatory supervised  release,  final  discharge,  or
32    pardon:
33             (1)  rapid attachment to work;
34             (2)  long-term follow-up;
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 1             (3)  drug treatment;
 2             (4)  comprehensive support services;
 3             (5)  identification assistance; and
 4             (6)  job development and marketing.
 5        (g)  Subject  to  appropriation  for  that  purpose,  the
 6    Authority  may expend funds to pay its costs of administering
 7    the programs authorized by this Section.  Beginning in fiscal
 8    year 2002, appropriated funds may be used for the purposes of
 9    implementing this  Act,  including  necessary  administrative
10    costs.
11        (h)  This Section is repealed on December 31, 2007.

12        Section  99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect upon
13    becoming law.

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