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Cook County offers contractors incentives to hire teens

Cook County offers contractors incentives to hire teens

A new law that aims to curb the area's dismal youth unemployment rate gives companies vying for Cook County contracts a leg up if they hire teens.

The ordinance, which the Cook County Board approved last week, gives companies bid credits if a substantial amount of work on a project is performed by youth aged 16 to 19.

Bidders for county contracts get a 0.5 percent credit to apply to a future contract bid if teens perform more than 10 percent of the labor hours on a county project with a value of at least $100,000, and a 0.25 percent credit if teens perform 1 to 10 percent of the labor hours.

So, for example, a company with a $1 million bid on a county project would...

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