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Record #: O2019-1436   
Type: Ordinance Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 3/13/2019 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Workforce Development and Audit
Final action:
Title: Amendment of Municipal Code Chapter 2-74 by adding new Section 2-74-082 entitled "Employment of Veterans"
Sponsors: Villegas, Gilbert
Topic: MUNICIPAL CODE AMENDMENTS - Title 2 - City Government & Administration - Ch. 74 Dept. of Human Resources
Attachments: 1. O2019-1436.pdf
Related files: R2019-362
Chicago City Council March 13,2019
Referred to Committee on Workforce Development and Audit

WHEREAS, Last year the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated that veterans were employed at a lesser rate than the general population; and
WHEREAS, This tragic underemployment of veterans is even worse in the State of Illinois, including in the City of Chicago. In fact, veterans are underrepresented in the City's own workforce; and
WHEREAS, Employment is essential in helping veterans successfully reintegrate once returning home by becoming productive members of their communities; and
WHEREAS, Veterans obtain outstanding skills while serving in the military which are beneficial to employers, including the City of Chicago; and
WHEREAS, All Chicagoans owe an enormous debt of gratitude to the men and women who have honorably served in the armed forces protecting our great country; and
WHEREAS, A City hiring goal of veterans is essential in helping remedying this massive underemployment of veterans; now, therefore,


SECTION 1. The above recitals are incorporated herein by reference.

SECTION 2. Chapter 2-74, Department of Human Resources, is hereby amended by adding new section 2-74-082 underlined as follows:

2-74-082. Employment of Veterans
"Veteran" means a person who has served in the United States armed forces and was discharged or separated under honorable conditions.
The city shall have an annual hiring goal of veterans of 25%. The commissioner is authorized to take all measures she deems appropriate and necessary to achieve this goal.

(c) Reporting.
By February 28th of each year, the commissioner shall submit a report to the mayor and the committee on workforce development and audit on progress in meeting this goal and shall appear before this committee to discuss the report.
(d) Rules.
The commissioner is authorized to promulgate rules to implement this section. (e...

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