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Immigrant Entrepreneurship Drives Business Creation, Creates Opportunities

[Immigrants] are more than twice as likely to start businesses as their native-born counterparts. They are responsible for over a quarter of all new business formation--and new businesses have been the only source of net job creation in this country for the past 30 years. –Time Magazine Since moving people out of poverty through employment [...]

Federal Policy Change Could Negatively Impact SNAP

Earlier in January, the Chicago Tribune ran an article about big potential changes coming to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and how they could drastically change the face of food access in Illinois. While nothing has been confirmed, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has proposed the possibility of [...]

Report from Center for American Progress: A Progressive Agenda for Inclusive and Diverse Entrepreneurship

Earlier this month, the Center for American Progress (CAP) released a new report: A Progressive Agenda for Inclusive and Diverse Entrepreneurship. Although entrepreneurship is a promising avenue for job creation and increasing income, structural and economic barriers have prevented women and people of color from having equitable access to necessary resources for starting businesses. In [...]

ACS Poverty Data Shows Increase in Household Income, Decrease in Poverty

Earlier this month, the US Census Bureau released the collected data from their American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS results present yearly data on poverty & wage earnings in the United States, as well as localized information for cities and metro areas. This year, the ACS data reports that for 2015, across the board, household [...]

SNAP Time-Limit Waiver Renewal in Question, Could Impact 200,000 Residents

This December, Illinois’ SNAP time limit waiver will expire, and if the governor’s office does not apply for renewal, 200,000 Illinois residents could lose their SNAP benefits, and the state could lose $330 million in federal funding. What’s the SNAP time limit? And what’s this waiver? SNAP, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is a [...]

Chicago Urban League Releases Blueprint for an Equitable Chicago

Earlier this month, the Chicago Urban League released a ten-year plan for their work towards racial equity in Chicago. The blueprint outlines an ambitious strategic plan that stands on three pillars—education, employment, and economic development. Ultimately, the Urban League’s goal is to deconstruct “structural racism and create more equitable educational, employment and economic systems for [...]