ILLINOIS — A checkered past can be a curse for those looking for jobs, but a revised tax break could give ex-felons a better chance at success.
Right now, businesses hiring them are eligible for a tax break of up to $1,500, but some at the Capitol want to double that amount. Businesses located in high-crime areas would be eligible for the credit.
The bill’s author says these areas typically have high unemployment and, without jobs, crime will continue increasing. Nearly 52% of felons in the state return to prison within three years.
Representative Sonya Harper (D) says she wants to put a stop to that cycle.