Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, in his short time in office, has come to the state's aid. He has high hopes for helping Illinois citizens, like creating Chicago jobs.
On February 21st, Quinn launched Recovery.Illinois.gov to assist citizens looking for benefits of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act. The goal is to help the unemployed through:
- Tracking projects, spending and new jobs;
- Listing state programs receiving funding including unemployment benefits, food stamps, vocational rehabilitation, and others;
- Connecting to agency sites posting available project lists; and
- Allowing citizens to suggest uses for federal stimulus funds.
“We are moving as quickly as possible to get projects going so that we can get the people of Illinois back to work,” said Governor Quinn. “This website will help them learn about important programs and track our progress.”
In addition to the recovery website, on March 9th, Quinn announced his desire for a $25 billion construction program. His hopes are that, if approved, the program will improve school, roads, and bridges. Thus, creating more jobs throughout the state.
The state could be seeing changes as soon as spring time.