Calling it the Opportunity Knocks Act, Davis says his bill will eliminate the rules that cause those who are on unemployment to lose those benefits if they begin a certified job training program through a university or community college.
“Right now, people have to choose whether they want to take a training course and lose their unemployment benefits, or try and find a job with no new training,” Davis said. “I believe that the rule is making it difficult for people to find jobs in which they can live off of.”
Macon County had the highest unemployment in the state according to last month’s unemployment poll by the Illinois Department of Unemployment Security, 13.2%.
Since January of 2013, the unemployment rate in Macon County has not gone below 11%.