We Will Keep Fighting White Supremacy on All Fronts
August 15, 2017
White supremacy showed its hideous face in Charlottesville, VA this weekend. But racist violence happens in many forms and in many places. It winds through public policies and trickles into our neighborhoods. It pops up in our budgets, camps out in our courts, and slips into boring sounding laws that fall heaviest on people of color. While we saw it out in the open this weekend, it is more often hidden, polite, and normalized.
We are committed to fighting the racism that squashes human potential and human life in Chicago, Illinois, and beyond. And we are thankful for our many partners doing the work to fight white supremacy and systemic racism through advocacy on employment, immigration, literacy, education, transportation, housing, health, and so many areas. We see you. Your work matters, and we are with you. We commit to continuing this work with you.
Transportation Win: Ventra Streamlines Bulk Orders
August 10, 2017
Have you heard? After years of paper forms, snail mail, and long wait times, CTA now offers bulk Ventra orders online! You can register your organization to purchase in bulk on the Ventra website here. We've been asking for this for a long time, and now it's time to say THANK YOU! Click here to tweet a thank you to CTA, or let them know on their Facebook page. Do you buy bulk Ventra products from CTA to provide transportation assistance in your programs? We'd love to hear how it's going and what other recommendations we can make to CTA to improve the system. Contact Eric with thoughts or questions, or to get involved with our transportation advocacy at CJC.
Mid-Summer Mixer: July 24
June 26, 2017
Mid-Summer Mixer

Monday, July 24th 5:30-8:30pm

Lagunitas Brewing Company THE Basement 2607 W. 17th Street Chicago, IL 60608   Buy tickets today for Chicago Jobs Council's first ever Mid-Summer Mixer featuring... beer, games, and more! All beer proceeds support CJC's work to move people out of poverty through employment--so drink up. Tickets $20 in advance $25 at the door Buy Tickets Now (21+ only) Lagunitas
FFTI Course Catalog is Here
June 19, 2017
FFTI's new training catalog is here! This year's course offerings include:
  • 20 different public calendar trainings
  • Developer, Leadership, and Client Services certification options
  • Information about FWA - our free, bimonthly workshops
Visit the Frontline Focus webpage to register for upcoming trainings today! (more…)
Updated Workers’ Rights Curriculum
June 14, 2017
Your job seekers have completed your job readiness training and you believe they are ready to work! However, if they don’t know their rights and how to protect themselves in the workplace, they're not truly “job ready". CJC's Frontline Focus Training Institute, in partnership with Alison Dickson of the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois, is excited to release the recently updated Workers’ Rights for Workforce Development Curriculum, 2nd edition. Through this curriculum, arm your job seekers with the most up-to-date information on their workplace rights - including new wage and hour laws, timely workforce protections for immigrant and refugee populations, and much more! (more…)
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…)