Re-Entry Employment Service Program

The Re-entry Employment Service Program (RESP) serves Illinoisans who are currently, or have in the past been, subject to any stage of the criminal justice process and who require assistance in overcoming barriers to employment resulting from a record of arrest or conviction.
RESP_FlyerRESP_Flyer_2015.pdf | English BrochureRESP_Flyer_2015.pdf | Spanish BrochureRESP_Flyer_2015.pdf

 Employment and Job Readiness Assistance

  • ​​​​​Winning Job Opportunities​RESP_Flyer_2015.pdf- This publication includes a list of occupations for the formerly incarcerated, including information on annual openings, wages, and skills.
  • Search for jobs online and setup a free account and learn how to use this system at​.
  • Subscribe to our events including job fairs and workshops.

  • To receive job readiness assistance and get prepared for your job search, use the IDES Office Locator to find an office nearest you.Or call the Reemployment Services Program hotline at 312-793-1597.

 RESP Job Preparation Tools 

​​​The Re-entry Employment Service Program has developed several tools, including a set of job preparation handouts, an assessment form and two power point presentations for job seekers and employers​.

    Employer Incentives 

    Federal Fidelity Bonding​
    Fidelity Bonding protects employers against employee dishonesty, theft or embezzlement. A fidelity bond is no-cost insurance coverage that enables employers to hire job applicants considered to be "at risk" due to their past life experiences.

    Work Opportunity Tax Credit
    WOTC is a federal program that provides tax savings to employers who hire people from certain target groups​, including public assistance recipients, veterans, youth and ex-felons.​

    Ex-Felon Job Credit
    2014 Illinois Department of Revenue 1299-DTax Instructions and calculation form determining eligibility for tax credits.

    No Cost Human Resource Solutions​
    If you would like more information about the Reemployment Services Program, please visit the IDES No Cost Human Resource Solutions page for employers or contact the Re-employment Services Program Hotline at 312-793-1597.

     Useful Links

    Cabrini Green Legal Aid (CGLA) CGLA provides both criminal and civil legal services, integrated with social work support, to individuals facing barriers stemming from an encounter with the criminal justice system. 

    City of Chicago Minimum Wage​ Learn about the new laws effecting minimum wage in Chicago.
    Cyber Drive Illinois Learn how to get driving privileges reinstated.

    Executive Clemency and Expungement Resources and information regarding the guidelines and application for executive clemency and expungement. 

    Health Care Workers Waiver The Health Care Workers Waivers are administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health, and don't have any statutes that apply. 

    Illinois Housing provides detailed information about rental properties and helps people find housing to best fit their needs. 

    Illinois Legal Aid Learn how to search for legal information and find legal aid offices that may be able to help with your legal problem. 

    Illinois Minimum Wage Learn about laws governing minimum wage, vacation, holidays and overtime pay. 

    Illinois Reentry Resource Directory This site features an interactive map that allows the user to click on a county and find a list of local resources for the reentry population.

    Incarcerated Veterans Program (IVTP)​ Learn about career counseling services, job training, placement assistance, job readiness and life skills support services, housing, health care, and other benefits for incarcerated veterans. 

    National H.I.R.E. Network The H.I.R.E. Network provides leadership on public policy advocacy, provides technical assistance and training on overcoming labor market barriers based on a criminal record, and promotes collaboration between individuals directly affected by the criminal justice system, advocates, practitioners, researchers, and policymakers working to improve the employability of people with criminal records. 

    National Institute of Corrections A list of resources to prepare offenders for successful reentry. 

    National Reentry Resource Center The National Reentry Resource Center provides education, training, and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, local governments, service providers, non-profit organizations, and corrections institutions working on prisoner reentry. 

    Reentry Myth Busters Fact sheets comprised by the Federal Interagency Reentry Council, designed to clarify existing federal policies that affect formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. 

    Women Employed​ Learn how to connect with working women to understand the everyday barriers they face and develop creative and strategic solutions to address them.