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Meeting the Challenge of Youth Unemployment

There have been numerous articles written recently regarding the state of youth and young adult unemployment in Chicago and the impact that it has on local communities, specifically on the south and west sides of the city. Black males in Chicago are out of work and school at far higher rates than their Hispanic and [...]

Demystifying Unemployment and Labor Force Participation

One of the most basic questions that economists try to answer is how many people are working. Each month the Department of Labor (DOL) and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) release a slew of data meant to represent the state of the US economy. The most familiar and often cited number is the unemployment [...]

The State of the State Falls Short

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner delivered the yearly State of the State address on Wednesday amidst the continuing budget crisis. The governor spoke about many of the pressing issues that Illinois faces in the coming year and outlined some of his plans to address such challenges while ignoring much of what we feel is truly important, [...]

Illinois Must Not Abandon Its Community Colleges

"In the coming years, jobs requiring at least an associate degree are projected to grow twice as fast as jobs requiring no college experience. We will not fill those jobs – or keep those jobs on our shores – without the training offered by community colleges.” President Obama As the leaders of Illinois fail to [...]

License Suspension and Revocation in Illinois

The WIRE has previously looked at the negative impacts that driver’s license suspension and revocation has on low-income workers. A past WIRE blog post discussed the long road that one individual, Kelvin Anderson, faced in unsuccessfully trying to get his driver’s license back. Kelvin’s account illustrates the complexity of the driver’s license system and  the [...]