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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+00:00August 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+00:00June 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+00:00May 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+00:00August 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+00:00July 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+00:00June 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+00:00May 11th, 2015|Tags: |0 Comments

Data Abounds in Chicago, and More is Coming

Illinois is a leader in open data. The city of Chicago has a robust and well-maintained data portal with nearly 1,000 data sets regarding everything from Condom Distribution Sites to High School Progress Reports. We've recently included a few of these lists that may be interesting to service providers on the WIRE's Additional Information page. The full list includes: Resources Affordable [...]

By |2017-10-19T20:23:01+00:00May 7th, 2015|Tags: |0 Comments

Getting Local With Affordable Housing Data

In Chicago's 24th ward, largely covering the North Lawndale neighborhood, 73.7% of renting households spend over 30% of their income on rent. That figure, from 2010, used to be 29.0% in 2000. (This compares to 52.6% statewide in the same period.((U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 American Community Survey))) This is one topic covered by the Housing Fact [...]

By |2017-10-19T20:32:56+00:00April 29th, 2015|Tags: , |0 Comments