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Forrest Claypool

CTA to expand ex-offender jobs program

CTA to expand ex-offender jobs program

Jakeshia Beals, 31, said when she arrived at the CTA nearly three years ago, she was homeless and looking for work. Beals, who was arrested for drug crimes, began work at a South Side rail shop as part of the CTA's "second chance" program that gives jobs to ex-offenders and hard-to-employ individuals. Nine months later, she worked at the CTA's 74th Street bus garage. Beals, now a CTA manager, returned to that bus garage Friday morning to help announce the CTA's expansion of the "second chance" progam to include training on how to fix diesel engines in buses starting next month. "This program has changed my life...