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This Labor Day, Working People Still Need the Same Things: Power, Support, Higher Wages

(Content warning: Suicide, mental health) Working people are not ok. We already knew that. It’s been true for a while. COVID-19 is making it worse.  At the end of March, close to half of Americans felt the coronavirus crisis was harming their mental health, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. In August, the CDC found [...]

Illinois Clears Parking Ticket License Suspensions from 75,000 Driving Records

Thousands of Illinoisans who lost driving privileges for non-driving violations like unpaid parking ticket debt join with community advocates to celebrate the License to Work Act, which becomes law on July 1, 2020. The act, which is the result of years of advocacy and bipartisan support, ends the draconian practice of suspending driver’s licenses for [...]

Thanks for making our 39th Annual Meeting special

On Friday, June 5, we celebrated 39 since the Chicago Jobs Council was founded. Surrounded by crisis and violence hitting people of color, particularly Black people the hardest, we decided to donate ticket sales to these Black-led Chicago organizations providing mutual aid, supporting protesters, and pushing for police accountability and reform: My Block, My Hood, My [...]

Illinois Advocates Release Skills Agenda for an Equitable Economic Recovery

The Chicago Jobs Council is proud to join with other workforce development and skill building advocates to share the Skills Agenda for an Equitable Economic Recovery. The outlook for working people in 2020 is dire. Working families are staring down an ongoing global pandemic coupled with a devastated labor market. Frontline workers struggle to secure the [...]

June 5: Join Us for Our 39th Annual Meeting – Virtual Edition

Registration is open for our 39th Annual Meeting Celebration, "Ideas and Action From the Community, For the Community" - Virtual Edition! Get Tickets You won't want to miss our program and other Annual Celebration highlights like our Betty J. Willhoite and Field Builder Award presentations, as well as special performances! Ticket Options: Free -- We support you and want to see [...]

The Pandemic of Racism Was Here Already. Now it’s Teamed up With Coronavirus.

By Jamie Koenig & Eric Halvorson Long before coronavirus, structural racism was causing widespread death, devastation, and suffering across the United States. In the city of Chicago, residents in the predominantly Black neighborhood of Englewood could expect to die at around 60, while the mostly white residents of Streeterville could expect to live until about [...]

We Cannot Ticket our Way to Safe Biking and Smooth Busing

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot recently announced plans to create new powers for city ticket writers to mail tickets to drivers who are pulling away without requiring them to place a paper ticket on the vehicle or hand it to the owner. We believe this is counterproductive, and a dangerous step in the wrong direction. This [...]

Join Us! CJC Seeks Marketing and Communications Manager and Multiple Fellows

We are currently hiring for a Marketing and Communications Manager. The Marketing and Communications Manager is a full-time position to be responsible for implementing the Chicago Jobs Council’s (Jobs Council) major marketing and communications activities. The responsibilities of this position will include organization-wide communications and marketing, as well as support for the communications and marketing needs [...]

Transportation challenges continue to limit employment opportunities in Chicagoland

In November 2019, the Chicago Jobs Council distributed transportation issue surveys to our members (providers of workforce development and other community services) and our Transit Table coalition (advocates working to eliminate transportation barriers that keep people out of work and in poverty).  Community based workforce development providers have a unique insight into what makes the [...]

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