Chicago using stimulus money for job training

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Former felons could get help finding work under a plan by the city of Chicago to give them and other hard-to-employ people job training.

Former felons could get help finding work under a plan by the city of Chicago to give them and other hard-to-employ people job training.

The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services says it will use $3.75 million from the federal stimulus program for the initiative.

About 230 people will be part of the city’s Neighborhood Clean-Up Initiative over the next two years.

It’s one of the city’s second-chance programs where people can get work experience and learn other skills like picking up garbage, controlling vegetation and cleaning commercial areas.

Program participants also learn to use a variety of equipment like saws, mowers and pruners.

The city is looking for agencies to help train people.

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