Martinez May 19SPRINGFIELD — Senate Majority Caucus Whip Iris Y. Martinez (D-Chicago) passed legislation out of the Senate yesterday that creates a commission to help young people find jobs and lower unemployment.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Illinois’ youth unemployment rate was 18.5 percent in 2012.

“Though our economy is improving, there are still young people in our state who struggle to find a job,” Martinez said. “The objective of the commission is to bring together experts to come up with ways to help our youth find and keep employment.”

Under Martinez’s plan, HB 1490, a 17-member commission would be in charge of identifying concerns regarding the readiness and ability of young adults to find employment after their education is completed.

Members of the commission are unpaid. Each legislative leader would be able to appoint four members to the commission.

HB 1490 now goes to the governor’s desk for approval.

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