CHICAGO - Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced an expansion to the apprenticeship program on Tuesday.
The objective is to protect jobs in Illinois, as well as create new ones.
The $20 million apprenticeship program will support up to 17,000 participants in 2020, which is a record number for the state.
The program collaborates with community colleges, non-profits and large corporations.
Pritzker hopes to equip participants with job experience to ultimately create a better future for themselves.