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Ill. corrections department hosts ex-offender fair

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Department of Corrections has hosted a "one-stop" fair to help ex-offenders land on their feet after serving time in prison.

The "Summit of Hope" event at the state fairgrounds in Springfield on Tuesday was attended by ex-inmates from the central Illinois area. It offered parolees assistance with such tasks as obtaining a driver's license, applying for jobs or health care.

Leonardo White was one of hundreds of ex-offenders who attended. The 30-year-old Springfield resident says he's been out of prison for four months and doesn't have job. White hopes the event will give him a better chance at finding work.

Marcus King is the state prison system's outreach administrator. He says about 16,000 ex-offenders attended numerous "Summit of Hope" events statewide last year.

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