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Illinois Tollway launching hiring initiative

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The Illinois Tollway will soon launch a community hiring initiative to increase job opportunities for people living near constructions projects.

The initiative is meant to encourage contractors to hire construction workers who live near Move Illinois projects. It would also reimburse contractors who hire people from areas with unemployment or underemployment $10 per hour those employees work.

The Tri-State Tollway (I-294)/I-57 Interchange Project has been chosen as a pilot program for the initiative and, based on the outcome, the program could be expanded to other construction projects as well.

"Workers who live near our job sites tend to have a vested interest in the project by virtue of its location and are more likely to benefit from roadway improvements being constructed in their neighborhoods," said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. "That's why this new initiative is a win-win. It can help local job seekers find work on projects that will ultimately enhance their own communities."

For more information on the Illinois Tollway, visit www.illinoistollway.com.

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