Special Bulletin
Veteran Unemployment is Crux Issue
Utility Workers Military Assistance Program
IDOT Highway Maintainer Program
Carpenters Pre-Apprenticeship Course
Illinois Job Link
Helping and Hiring Our Hometown Heroes

Veteran Unemployment is Crux Issue

Veteran unemployment continues to be a critical issue for the Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs (IDVA). In partnership with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), IDVA has been actively promoting the value of the state's veteran community. This special bulletin on veteran's employment and training opportunities is designed for job-seeking veterans who are unemployed, underemployed, or just seeking a change.

Utility Workers Military Assistance Program

Post 9/11 Illinois veterans interested in having an opportunity to work for a major utility in the Chicago area with a competitive pay and benefits package are encouraged to attend a special orientation through the Utility Workers Military Assistance Program (U-MAP). The event will take place from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, April 12th at Teamster City, 300 South Ashland Avenue.


Advance registration is required via the U-MAP website.


Participants can earn college credit, tuition assistance, receive paid internships, and receive job placement assistance include resume building and interview skills training.


For more information, please visit www.power4america.com.


This program is in collaboration with Utility Workers Military Assistance Program, Power 4 America, State of Illinois, IDES, IDVA, DCEO and Peoples Gas, supported by the Teamsters Military Assistance Program.

IDOT Highway Maintainer CDL Forum

Interested in obtaining your CDL or being hired as a Highway Maintainer with a competitive pay and benefits package?


Illinois veterans are invited to IDOT's educational forum on obtaining a Class "A" commercial drivers license (CDL) with an "N" (tankers) or "X" (tankers with hazardous materials) endorsement and non-restrictive air brakes and available opportunities with IDOT.


Download the brochure for detailed information about the position.


Download the event flyer for event location and registration information.

Carpenters Pre-Apprenticeship Course

The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters has received a grant to train 100 veterans as carpenters. The veterans will take a pre-apprenticeship course for 9 weeks. After that, the union will assist them in getting jobs. Then, once every 3 months they will return and take a one-week course. Overall, the training will take 4 years to complete.


While in the pre-apprenticeship training, veterans will receive a small stipend of $35 for the first 2 weeks and $60.00 for the next 7 weeks. The tuition is free and valued at about $80,000.

Qualifications for a veteran to get into the program:

  • Must be a Veteran with a honorable discharge
  • Must be a Chicago resident only
  • Must possess a valid driver's license
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED

Contact David Tumpach at (847) 640-7373. He is available from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Interested veterans may call him directly.

Illinois Job Link (IJL)

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and IDES recently launched Illinois Job Link, which allows businesses to post job ads and individuals to post multiple resumes for free. IJL is an Internet-based job search tool that features current job openings and includes both statewide and nationwide job banks. Currently, there are nearly 92,000 total statewide job postings and more than 52,000 resumes posted on the system.


By enrolling in IJL, job-seeking veterans will be able to navigate thousands of job opportunities; may qualify for assistance from IDES's veteran employment representatives; and will be included in the main database that employers use to search for qualified veterans.


For advanced job notifications for veterans, skill certification and training programs, and access to other services, create a Plus Account today, it's free! For additional information on setting up an account, FAQ's, and IJL resources, please visit IDES's website.

Helping and Hiring Our Hometown Heroes

Through the end of May, IDVA and IDES are hosting two free Helping & Hiring Our Hometown Heroes events. These events will bring federal, state and local agencies, non-profit organizations, and marquee employers together in one location to offer numerous employment, training and benefits opportunities.


Upcoming events include:

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2012, at the Illinois National Guard Armory, 600 E. University in Urbana, Ill.
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), 5500 North St. Louis Avenue in Chicago, Ill.

Both programs are free and open to veterans and their families. Veterans are encouraged to bring their DD214 and resume. 


For more information and future events, please visit the Helping Our Hometown Heroes website.

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