On November 30, the day that the Put Illinois to Work (PITW) program was scheduled to end, Governor Quinn announced that he has extended the program through January 15. PITW provides $10/hour private and public sector jobs to approximately 25,000 low-income, unemployed Illinois workers. “I am extending this program today to keep thousands of people in Illinois at work through the holiday season,” said Gov. Quinn.
Until September 30, PITW was largely paid for by the federal government with a funding stream created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Congress, however, failed to extend that funding beyond September 30. Just before PITW was originally scheduled to end on September 30, Governor Quinn extended the program through November 30. Extending PITW for another six weeks until January 15 will cost Illinois approximately $50 million in state general funds. PITW is a partnership between the Illinois Department of Human Services and Heartland Human Care Services.