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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

Energy Career Exploration

Skills translate. Part of serving job seekers for the long run is mapping out career pathways and understanding the connections between skills in related jobs. The Department of Energy has a Wind Career Map tool to explore related careers in wind energy. For a map of careers in solar energy, check out their Solar Career Map. [...]

By |2017-10-19T20:39:10+00:00April 2nd, 2015|0 Comments

Illinois’ Unnecessary Cuts

Governor Bruce Rauner wants to balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable members of our communities. Last week, the Keystone Research Center and Good Jobs First gave us one more reason why this doesn't make sense. Their report Tax Fairness: An Answer to Illinois’ Budget Problems breaks down how those with the most money in [...]

By |2017-10-19T20:40:23+00:00March 19th, 2015|Tags: |0 Comments

Illinois’ Tattered Safety Net

The safety net for vulnerable families in Illinois is tattered and worn. In their January 2014 report on poverty in Illinois, the Social IMPACT Research Center highlighted the need to "adequately fund safety net programs" to combat poverty, but currently, the net does not catch many who fall. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) only serves 15 [...]

By |2017-10-19T20:49:00+00:00March 4th, 2015|Comments Off on Illinois’ Tattered Safety Net

There’s an App for Those Benefits

Chicago is a hot spot for open data and civic hacking. Programmers and engaged citizens in the area spend a lot of time trying to innovate our experience of government services and information. One product of these efforts is mRelief, which is a basic tool to evaluate whether or not someone may qualify for benefits from the City of [...]

By |2017-10-19T20:53:04+00:00February 2nd, 2015|Tags: |0 Comments

UPDATE: Getting Job Seekers Covered

Yesterday, we shared how to help get job seekers health coverage. The Affordable Care Act ensures assistance with signup, and financial help for most of the uninsured. On January 23, Workforce3 One is hosting a webinar entitled Collaborating with Healthcare Enrollment Assisters. The webinar is meant to help equip workforce professionals to work with enrollment assisters and [...]

By |2017-10-19T20:56:01+00:00January 15th, 2015|Tags: |Comments Off on UPDATE: Getting Job Seekers Covered

There is Still Time to Get Job Seekers Covered

The Affordable Care Act has already been making a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.((Nationally, about 20 million more people now have health care because of the ACA.)) In Illinois, more than 622,000 people gained health care during the first year of enrollment. That means that of the 1.7 million who were uninsured before the ACA went [...]

By |2017-10-19T20:57:48+00:00January 13th, 2015|Tags: |Comments Off on There is Still Time to Get Job Seekers Covered