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More than 27-thousand ex-felons, veterans, and people on welfare were given a second chance at finding work in Illinois last year.  Greg Rivara, with the state's Department of Employment Security, says it was a win-win situation for both the workers and the employers.

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Employers that hired the individuals under the Work Opportunity Tax Credit are now eligible to claim their share of 67-million dollars.  Tax incentives range from 24-hundred dollars in one year to 96-hundred dollars over two years, depending on the new hire.

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