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Gov pushes veterans employment at job fair

Thu, 12 Jul 2012 14:01:14 CDT
By: IPR and AP


Illinois officials are pushing to find work for military veterans with a job fair. Governor Pat Quinn and other officials showed up at a job fair in Chicago today, three days after Quinn signed legislation that doubles the state's income tax credit for hiring veterans. Also on hand was the commanding officer of Naval Station Great Lakes. Captain Randall Lynch spoke directly to the veterans in attendance.

   

"You all have fought and you've sacrificed. Your families have fought and sacrificed. And now it's our turn to give back to you. So employers and veterans, please get together today, and let's -- like the governor said -- get some jobs out there."

The job fair, at the University of Illinois Chicago, is part of what's been dubbed the "100,000 Jobs Mission," an effort to hire 100,000 veterans in Illinois in the next eight years. Hundreds of veterans showed up to talk to about 60 companies that set up booths. Many vets interviewed, and officials say a handful were offered jobs on the spot. Several veterans who showed up with resumes or to ask questions say they appreciate the job fair.

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