March With Us
May 10, 2017
What are we for? What do you want for our state? It's easy and tempting to focus only on what we're against. We're against cuts. We're against not having a budget. But even before the current crisis, people across Illinois were suffering. Resisting harm is not enough. We must also envision and plan for the future we want. That's why CJC is joining the 200 mile March to Springfield for a People and Planet First Budget. Along the way, marchers from diverse communities and organizations will have open meetings with regular people about what we want for our state, and how we can overcome what divides us. (more…)
CJC’s 36th Annual Celebration is June 9
May 1, 2017
Registration is now open for our 36th Annual Meeting Celebration, "Ideas and Action From the Community, For the Community." Register before May 22 for our special early bird rate of $35! Program details coming soon. We can't wait to see you June 9th, 2017. Click here for registration and program details (forthcoming). Special thanks to our sponsors: Winzeler Gear, LeadersUp, Net-Telligence Group, Central States SER, and National Able Network, Inc. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Megan Winzeler at for more information.
“Step Into Your Future” Career Exploration for Young Men: March 16
March 10, 2017
On March 16, 2017, a group of leaders from North Lawndale Employment Network, Youth Guidance, Chicago Center for Arts and Tech, OAI, Inc., and LeadersUp are co-hosting Step Into Your Future, a citywide career exploration event for young men of color ages 18-29. The vision is that these men, regardless of where they live in the city, should have the access, inspiration, and support needed to be successful in their career path. (more…)
Important Survey: Driver’s License Suspension
January 11, 2017
UPDATE: Deadline extended to 2/3. Across Illinois, fines, fees, and other legal penalties often get in the way of opportunity and success in our communities. Driver’s license suspension is part of this system, and we know that many workforce organizations work with populations that struggle because of suspended licenses. We need your help to fight for change. (more…)
CJC Podcast Covers Questions Around SNAP
December 16, 2016
Our second episode of Getting to Work looks at the troubling idea of block granting SNAP out to the states, explains why it matters that SNAP is countercyclical, and helps make sense of Illinois' ABAWD waiver! Listen here, or click here on a mobile device to subscribe with your podcast app. (more…)
Apply Today for the Success Drivers Learning Cohort
November 30, 2016
Applications are now being accepted for CJC’s 2017 Success Drivers Learning Cohort! If you are interested in learning about new workforce best practices, thinking critically about your organization’s effectiveness and sharing ideas as part of a select cohort, then this is the opportunity for you. (more…)
This #GivingTuesday, We’re Giving Too!
November 18, 2016
Last year, you blew us away. So many of you stepped up to support CJC financially and help make sure that a good job is within reach for everyone. This year, we are ready with a creative way to say thanks to those who give on #Giving Tuesday (November 29). We hope you like it!

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Fall 2016 Frontline Focus Flyer
November 7, 2016
The Fall Frontline Focus Flyer is here! Get up to date with our upcoming training calendar, a policy update, and information about Frontline Focus Certification. This and more is at your fingertips right here. capture
Jobs are One in a Million Reasons for a Responsible Budget
September 21, 2016
CJC is joining with other members of the Responsible Budget Coalition for the One in a Million campaign--an effort to share stories about the harm across Illinois communities because we do not have a state budget that invests in vital programs. Check out our video below, and learn more about the campaign here. And if you like this video, please share it with your community on Facebook and Twitter. (more…)
Summer 2016 Frontline Focus Flyer
August 29, 2016
The Summer Frontline Focus Flyer is here! Get up to date with our upcoming training calendar, a recap of our July FWA meeting on self care, and our FY2016 Performance Metrics Dashboard. This and more is at your fingertips right here.Capture