March 11, 2009 Jack Lavin, Chief Operating Officer Michelle by slappypappy118

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									March 11, 2009



Jack Lavin, Chief Operating Officer                      Michelle Saddler, Policy Director
Office of the Governor                                   Office of the Governor
James R. Thompson Center                                 James R. Thompson Center
Floor 16, Suite 100                                      Floor 16, Suite 100
Chicago, IL 60601                                        Chicago, IL 60601

Dear Jack and Michelle,

Our organizations want to offer our support and assistance to help the state take full advantage of the
tremendous opportunities for adult training and workforce development presented by the American Recovery
and Reinvestment Act. We recognize that you, like everyone else, are pouring over the language of the Act
and the guidance letters, and that you must decide quickly how to handle Recovery programs and funds. We
applaud you for quickly creating the recovery.illinois.gov website as a vehicle to keep citizens and stakeholders
informed.

While each of our organizations has its own policy and advocacy positions, we are working cooperatively to
share information and strategies for how Illinois can ensure that funds are used in a way that furthers goals to
create an integrated workforce system organized around career pathways. We have a common interest in
seeing that the jobs created with stimulus funds are accessible to low-income and hard-to-employ
populations; that workforce development and training programs put people on career pathways that lead to
further education and better jobs; and that the process is transparent, inclusive, and efficient.

We have a breadth of workforce development experience that ranges from bridge programming to welfare-to-
work to green jobs, and represent a range of constituents that include minorities, women, low-income people,
welfare recipients and others. Individually or together, we are prepared to provide input, to offer information
about best practices in this field, as well as to participate in roll-out activities as appropriate and useful.

We would like to speak with you about plans for how Recovery Act funds will be utilized; who the key point
people are in each agency overseeing adult education and workforce development funds; and how the state
will go about coordinating these efforts. Jenny Wittner of Women Employed and Carrie Thomas of Chicago
Jobs Council will follow up with you.

Sincerely,

Women Employed                                               The Chicago Jobs Council
Center for Economic Progress                                 Center for Tax and Budget Accountability
The Chicago Urban League                                    Good Jobs First – Illinois
Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights           Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Instituto del Progreso Latino                               Mid-America Institute on Poverty (Heartland Alliance)
National Transitional Jobs Network                          Policy Planning Partners
          (a project of the Heartland Alliance)             Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

								
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