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Take Action to Protect SNAP Funding

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the nation’s most important anti-hunger program helping people struggling with food insecurity. It helps 1.9 million people in Illinois (about 1 in 7 people) afford enough food to lead a healthy life. Able bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) on SNAP are subject to a work requirement to continue [...]

By | 2017-10-18T20:19:02+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Tags: , |0 Comments

We Will Keep Fighting White Supremacy on All Fronts

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 [...]

By | 2017-10-19T20:04:59+00:00 August 15th, 2017|Tags: |0 Comments

Transportation Win: Ventra Streamlines Bulk Orders

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 [...]

By | 2017-10-20T14:17:34+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Tags: |0 Comments

Mid-Summer Mixer: July 24

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) [...]

By | 2017-09-21T21:51:24+00:00 June 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Marching for a Better Illinois

Starting this week, a diverse group of Illinoisans is marching 200 miles from Chicago to Springfield to demand a state budget that puts the people and the planet first. This march is most obviously a reaction to the current budget crisis that began on July 1, 2015. However, it’s part of a much longer struggle over [...]

By | 2017-10-13T20:32:50+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Tags: |0 Comments

New Transitional Jobs Research On the Way

Large-scale subsidized employment strategies have been around in the United States for the better part of a century. The Works Progress Administration and other New Deal programs were the first, employing millions of Americans during the Great Depression. Where New Deal programs were designed to counter high unemployment levels on a large scale, most of [...]

By | 2017-10-19T20:09:09+00:00 August 4th, 2015|Tags: , |0 Comments

Trickle-Down Only Brings Us Down

Trickle-down economics fails working-class Americans, and we have the experiences to show it. Last month, The Center for American Progress analyzed wage data from the past 50 years, pointing out that since 1981, the income growth of the top 1% has failed to stimulate wage increases for the bottom 90%. In other words--the wealth is not trickling down. In the [...]

By | 2017-10-19T20:08:14+00:00 July 27th, 2015|Tags: |0 Comments

Illinois is Already a Top Business Creator

Governor Rauner is holding the state budget hostage in order to pass reforms that he believes will make it cheaper to do business in Illinois. The collateral damage will be tremendous if a budget deal is not reached before the fiscal year begins on July 1. This is a destructive way to solve a problem that does not [...]

By | 2017-10-19T20:13:34+00:00 June 29th, 2015|Tags: |1 Comment

New Infographic: The Recession Continues for Many in Illinois

Some in Illinois have seen a recovery since the end of the Great Recession. But for many more, the recession continues. This is especially true for those who rely on the services that Governor Rauner wants to slash in Springfield. There is nothing fair about these cuts. In the Chicago Jobs Council's new factsheet Working In Illinois: [...]

By | 2017-10-19T20:20:24+00:00 May 11th, 2015|Tags: |0 Comments