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Persistent Wage Gap Invisible to Most

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune highlights the contradiction that 70% of U.S. employees (78% of men; 60% of women) believe that men and women are paid equally at their company, while government data ((BLS 2014)) shows that women's full-time weekly earnings are, on average, 82.5 percent of men's. This fact is not due to [...]

What Local Business Leaders Can Learn from the Laquan McDonald Murder Case

Reposted with permission from Chicago United. Bold added for emphasis.  As CEO of Chicago United, I join the local community in its deep disturbance and outrage around the police video depicting the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald at the hands of former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, released November 24. While much attention [...]

Skills Catch 22

As is the case for many social service agencies in Illinois, many immigrant-serving agencies are finding the need for services is greater than their capacity to serve. A survey of 200 immigrant-serving organizations reveals important gaps in access to adult education and workforce services—both of which are essential for effective immigration integration efforts. Lack of [...]

Child Care Needs Some Care

Three highlights from a new publication by the Economic Policy Institute illustrate the ways high-quality child care is out of reach for working and middle-class families in Illinois and Chicago. This report also reminds us how Gov. […]

7 Takeaways From the 2014 Poverty Report

Last month the U.S Census Bureau released a new report on the income and poverty in the United States, as well as information on other important health and income trends. Here's what you need to know: There is strong evidence that health reform is dramatically reducing the ranks of uninsured individual—2014 is the largest single-year [...]

Making Sense of Credentials

Deciding on a particular training program or a specific certification to pursue can be confusing and difficult. Extensive labor market information about careers is available from sources like O*Net and the Occupational Outlook Handbook, but data about specific certificates and credentials can be harder to find. Here are a few places to start. Find local [...]