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  • 2017

    Registration Open - Updates and New Features for the Illinois workNet Service Finder

    ​The Illinois workNet Service Finder has undergone updates on the public facing side and on the management side! Attend this webinar on August 31st at 10 AM for a live demo of the tool to see:

    • The new look and feel of the Service Finder;
    • The new Service Categories and Sub-Categories;
    • The new audience options; and
    • The widget so you can add it to your website!

    We encourage you to attend this webinar so you can learn about the new features, see if you need to make any updates to your location within the Service Finder (if applicable), and know how to use it with your customers!

    Background: The Illinois workNet Service Finder identifies locations in Local Workforce Innovation Areas (LWIA) that offer services through Illinois workNet Centers, affiliates, and other community partners. Visitors to the Illinois workNet website and jobPrep mobile app can use the Service Finder to find a location near them where they can go to for in-person assistance.

    Eventbrite - Updates and NEW Features – Illinois workNet Service Finder Webinar

  • 2017

    Workforce Education Strategic Plan Press Conference

    ​The Illinois Community College Board and Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC) invite you to join them for the Workforce Education Strategic Plan Press Conference.

    When: Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 9:30 AM

    Where: LLCC, Menard Hall
    Robert H. Stephens Room #1286
    5250 Shepherd Rd.
    Springfield, IL 62703

    You can read the Illinois Community College Board Workforce Education Strategic Plan (WESP) (PDF) here.

    For additional information, contact Matt Berry, ICCB Legislative and External Affairs Liaison at

  • 2017

    It's Time to Register - Webinar Series with the Employee Benefits Security Administration (ESBA)

    ​​​Illinois workNet has teamed up with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (ESBA) to provide you with a webinar series for business owners or those that are interested in starting a business.

    These webinars will not be recorded so review the sessions below and register to attend so you can listen and ask any questions you have.

    What to Expect from an EBSA Investigation - August 23rd at 2PM

    Learn about the structure of the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), various national projects, and areas of review in a civil investigation.

    We will give an overview of the civil investigation process from start to finish, and voluntary correction programs will also be discussed.

    Who should attend? Illinois Employers.

    Eventbrite - What to Expect from an EBSA Investigation Webinar

    What It Means to be a Group Health Plan Fiduciary - August 30th at 2 PM

    What to expect from an health plan investigation? Learn how the Employee Benefits Security Administration (“EBSA”) secures the retirement and health benefits of America’s workers and their families.

    Fiduciaries for health plans must act in the best interest of plan participants and can be held accountable for engaging in a prohibited transaction & not complying with recent health care regulations. EBSA not only enforces and protects participant’s rights, but can also works with fiduciaries to help them self-correct via the Voluntary Fiduciary Correction Program (“VFCP”).

    Know what to expect during an investigation and what can be done to correct prior to an investigation. 

    Who should attend? Illinois employers and those who may be business owners one day.

    Eventbrite - What It Means to be a Group Health Plan Fiduciary Webinar

    Choosing a Retirement Solution for Your Small Business - September 13th at 2 PM

    By starting a retirement plan, you will help your employees save for the future. Retirement plans may also help attract and retain qualified employees, and they offer tax savings to your business. You will help secure your own retirement as well.

    The Choosing A Retirement Solution for Your Small Business webinar will provide valuable information for any small business owner who is looking to establish a retirement plan and will discuss the different types of plans available from IRA-based plans, defined contribution plans, as well as defined benefit plans.

    Who should attend? Illinois employers and those who may be business owners one day. 

    Eventbrite - Choosing A Retirement Solution for Your Small Business Webinar

  • 2017

    RFP - Solar Training Pipeline Program

    ​On August 1, The Chicago Community Trust released a request for proposals (PDF) for a $3 million solar training pipeline program funded by Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd). The RFP calls for qualified organizations to design a program that:

    • Recruits and enrolls people from “priority groups”: people with a criminal record and current and former foster children, with at least 50 percent of trainees recruited from environmental justice communities, which are predominately minority or low-income communities that are negatively and disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards;
    • Provides a pathway for trainees to enter solar industry careers, with an emphasis on rooftop and utility-scale PV installation, through hands-on training, relevant certifications, or both;
    • Coordinates with the Illinois Solar for All (PDF) low-income installation program and other workforce development initiatives;
    • Partners with employers on job placement, resulting in 2,000 placements for trainees by 2029.

    This is a statewide funding opportunity. Public, private and nonprofit solar workforce service providers with an established presence in Illinois are encouraged to apply. Due to the broad program objectives and desire for an integrated training pipeline, organizations applying in partnership with sub-grantees or leveraging other funding sources will be more competitive.

    Proposals are due by August 31, 2017. For more information, vist The Chicago Community Trust RFP web page.