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Policy Recommendations for Illinois’ Next GovernorSeptember 9, 2014
With one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation and rates still over 10% in some communities, Illinois is at a critical juncture in its economic growth. Nearly three million adults have only a high school degree or less, but the job market — with increasing opportunities in manufacturing, healthcare, and transportation — demands skills and work experience, leaving many job seekers behind. The following recommendations from CJC are solutions to the most serious workforce challenge faced by our state. To view the recommendations, click here.
UChicago Local Workforce Conference 2014September 9, 2014
The University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement, in collaboration with CJC and Chapin Hall, hosted the first UChicago Local Workforce Conference on August 22. Hundreds of frontline workforce practitioners attended and took part in sessions dedicated to the discussion of current regional and national trends that connect to our work in Chicago. The conference, along with the University’s hiring report released that day, was featured in news articles from The Chicago Maroon, DNAinfo Chicago, and the Hyde Park Herald! Click here to ‘like’ us on Facebook and view photos from the event. Thank you to all who attended!
Ventra Survey ResultsAugust 21, 2014
In 2013, the CTA implemented a new fare card system and several employment service providers raised important concerns and questions about what kind of impact Ventra would have on their ability to assist low-income job seekers find employment. After several months of talking with service providers, program administrators, and the CTA, CJC conducted an online survey in May-June 2014. The 11-question survey was intended to collect information from a range of service providers about how the Ventra fare system is working for them and the job seekers they serve. To view the survey summary, click here.

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