The Illinois Department of Corrections has hosted a ``one-stop'' fair to help ex-offenders land on their feet after serving time in prison. The ``Summit of Hope'' event at the state fairgrounds in Springfield today was attended by ex-inmates from the central Illinois area. It offered parolees assistance with such tasks as obtaining a driver's license, applying for jobs or health care.
Leonardo White was one of hundreds of ex-offenders who attended. The 30-year-old Springfield resident says he's been out of prison for four months and doesn't have job. White hopes the event will give him a better chance at finding work. Marcus King is the state prison system's outreach administrator. He says about 16,000 ex-offenders attended numerous ``Summit of Hope'' events statewide last year.
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