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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 [...]

The Jobs Council Sides with Teachers and School Staff

The Chicago Jobs Council proudly supports Chicago teachers and school support staff. CTU and SEIU Local 73 are currently on strike to secure smaller class sizes, school nurses, social workers, and librarians in every school, as well as affordable housing and better pay. Quality education from an early age is critical for individuals, families, and [...]

Spread the Word: City Sticker Amnesty All October

You might have heard--after years of work on driver's license suspensions and Chicago ticket debts, this month is the first opportunity for major relief for thousands in Chicago. And we need your help to spread the word. Please see the flyers below, share them, print them out for offices and public spaces, and post them [...]

Transit Table Coalition Celebrates Ticket & Collections Reform in Chicago City Council

Chicago City Council has passed an ordinance with a vote of 49-1, O2019-5547, which is a first step towards reforming tickets, payment plans, and ticket debt collections related to non-driving violations in the City of Chicago. Reforms to the city’s fines and fees system are urgent: Northern Illinois is the national capital for Chapter 13 [...]

We’re Hiring! Join CJC as a Program Manager

The Program Manager is a temporary, full-time position to provide project management in support of the work of the Employment and Income (E/I) line of work of the Chicago Continuum of Care (CoC) ​Action Agenda​. This position will provide support to all of the strategies of the E/I work which is conducted through several work [...]

Frontline Focus Course Catalog Now Available

The 2019/2020 Frontline Focus Training Institute Course Catalog is now available! Check it out to see the latest professional development opportunities for workforce staff. This is also a great time to consider becoming a member of the Jobs Council, which gets your organization an average $40 savings per person on any of our 1 day [...]

License to Work Act Passes Illinois Senate!

At the Jobs Council, we know that transportation barriers are employment barriers. Today, Illinois Senate voted to pass important reforms to driver's license suspension policy. The License to Work Act would eliminate driver’s license suspension as a penalty for most non-driving violations. Currently, thousands of Illinoisans are stuck in debt traps because they cannot pay to [...]

An Open Letter to Chicago’s Next Mayor: Let’s Stop Suspending Lives

The Chicago Jobs Council is proud to join with a coalition of community groups and advocacy organizations to ask Chicago's next mayor for firm commitments to ending driver's license suspensions over non-moving violations, and full transparency in ticket, fine, fee, and collection practices to further our understanding of this critical issue. We're asking the next [...]