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Letter: Providers and Advocates Demand Ventra Improvements
August 23, 2016
IMG_21101_finalIn a letter released today, social service providers joined with policy advocates to ask CTA for improvements to the Ventra fare system. For years, providers have waited for improvements to basic functionality of the Ventra system, and continue to wait today. Social service providers in Chicago spend almost $1.5 million on Ventra tickets every month, in order to provide rides to critical destinations like job interviews, summer youth programming, medical appointments, and housing services.  (more…)
Illinois Has 9 Days Before Second Year Without Budget
June 22, 2016
Illinois is days away from going for a full year without a budget. We're making history in a terrible way. We only have a few days to make sure we don't enter a second year without a budget. Here are two important ways you can help stop the madness.five-call-challenge-copy (more…)
Spring 2016 Frontline Focus Flyer
May 19, 2016
Catch up on the latest from the Frontline Focus Training Institute with our spring flyer! Read the results of our 2016 Annual Survey, access the Career Foundations curriculum, and take a look at our calendar of upcoming events and sign up for FFTI courses! This and more is at your fingertips right here. Capture
CJC Report: The Hidden Cost of Ventra
May 4, 2016
Registration Is Open For Our Annual Meeting!
April 29, 2016
circs_flattenedW2Registration is now open for our 35th Annual Meeting Celebration "Ideas and Action From the Community, For the Community." For more program details, and to register, click here.
When: Friday, June 3, 2016 8:30 am - 11:00 am Breakfast and Registration at 8:30 Program begins promptly at 9:00

Where: Hotel Palomar Chicago 505 N. State Street 5th Floor Gallery Ballroom
We’re headed to Springfield
March 30, 2016
Did you hear? Pennsylvania ended their budget stalemate last week, meaning that Illinois has now gone longer without a state budget than...well, ever as far as we can tell.

Register now to join CJC, the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter, and other Responsible Budget Coalition members in Springfield on Tuesday, April 5 (next week) to advocate for a fair budget! (more…)

WIRE Post Dives In to Wage Gap
February 25, 2016
Have you seen the latest post on the WIRE blog? Policy Research Assistant Kim Boche takes a look at misperceptions of the gender wage gap, and how it continues to take earnings from women--particularly women of color. Visit the WIRE to check out the post, infographic, and find other information and resources about workforce policy and more! Capture
Broken State, Broken Record
February 17, 2016
Governor Rauner gave his budget address in Springfield today. In response to the address, Chicago Jobs Council Executive Director Carrie Thomas released the following statement. Today in Springfield, Governor Rauner didn’t tell us anything new. For the eighth month, we have a broken state, and the only response is a broken record. He gave us a history lesson on the current crisis. (more…)
Catch Up on Last Week’s Working Group
February 16, 2016
Did you miss last week's Working Group meeting? Did you want to learn more about what we discussed? Lauren Sugerman from Chicago Women in Trades presented on the importance of providing women opportunities to enter male-dominated fields, many of which offer much higher pay. She shared with us the striking statistic that only 9% of women earn $50,000 or more, while 42% of men do. Her presentation can be found here, and Carrie Tomas' overview of Occupational Segregation can be found here. (more…)
FFTI Winter Flyer
February 4, 2016
Have you seen the Winter Flyer from the Frontline Focus Training Institute? Find out about the exciting FWA topics we've turned into full classes. Check the schedule of upcoming trainings. Learn about some of the new resources on our website. Check it out here!Capture