IDES - Re Entry Employment Service Program

Re Entry Employment Service Program

Re Entry Employment Service Program

​​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.

 Employment and Job Readiness Assistance

  • ​​​​​Winning Job OpportunitiesRESP_Flyer_2015.pdf- This publication includes a list of occupations for the formerly incarcerated, including information on annual openings, wages, and skills.

  • Watch this brief video ​​ (1:20) for more details about the services provided by RESP.
  • 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

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.

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

The Health Care Workers Waivers are administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health, and don't have any statutes that apply. provides detailed information about rental properties and helps people find housing to best fit their needs.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

A list of resources to prepare offenders for successful reentry.

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.

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

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