03/20/2013 09:42 am ET

Illinois Companies Could Receive Tax Break For Hiring Ex-Convicts

SPRINGFIELD, IL (IRN) - Unemployment is a big issue in Illinois, with the overall statewide rate at 9 percent. What can make it harder to get a job is if you are an ex-convict.

A state senator hopes to get a bill passed that would give businesses tax incentives for hiring ex-offenders, as long as the offense was not a sex offense.

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