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HEROES Act Takes On Some of the Biggest Challenges Facing Workers, but Doesn’t Go Far Enough for Workforce

A few weeks ago, the Chicago Jobs Council joined 47 other Illinois-based workforce development service providers, businesses, advocates, and industry stakeholders in lifting up recommendations to our Congresspeople, requesting critical support for vulnerable workers and job seekers impacted by COVID-19.  A few days ago, House Leader Nancy Pelosi announced a new piece of legislation called [...]

The Clean Energy Jobs Act is Right for Illinois Workers and Communities

written by Jamie Koenig, CJC Policy Intern The Chicago Jobs Council is a proud supporter of the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) in Illinois. Climate change presents major threats globally as well as locally. To respond we must transition our energy sector to carbon neutral renewable energy. That transition is fundamentally about jobs: creating pathways [...]

Federal Expansion of SNAP Work Requirements is an Attack on Working Class Americans

Taking away someone’s food does not help them get a job. On the contrary, it causes hunger and hinders their ability to live a healthy and productive life. We at the Chicago Jobs Council staunchly oppose attaching work requirements to food, housing, or other critical types of public assistance. As such, we are troubled to [...]

Action Alert: Join Us in Fighting Another Harmful Federal Rule Change Threatening SNAP

Yet again, the federal administration has released a proposal for a federal rule change which threatens the SNAP benefits of 3.1 million Americans, cutting SNAP benefits over five years by $10.5 billion, while increasing SNAP administrative costs by $2.3 billion.   The new proposed rule would gut states’ options to eliminate SNAP asset tests and use [...]

Governor Pritzker Signs SB 1791, Making SNAP E&T Voluntary in IL

Last Friday, August 23, 2019, Governor Pritzker signed SB 1791, a bill that would prevent Illinoisans who receive SNAP from facing sanctions due to issues with participation in SNAP Employment & Training (SNAP E&T) services! The new law will not only prevent thousands of people from losing access to food, but also clear a path [...]

The Jobs Council’s 2019 Legislative Wrap-Up

You’ve probably already heard about many of the big things that came out of the Illinois legislature at the end of the 2019 session. It was so big, in fact, that it took us at the Jobs Council a week or two just to catch our breath long enough to put together this update! Below, [...]

Apprenticeship 101: Building Capacity for Equitable Apprenticeship in Illinois

When many people think of "apprenticeship," the first thing that may come to mind is a medieval scene - a blacksmith shop, perhaps, where a seasoned expert teaches a novice blacksmith the tricks of the trade. In reality, apprenticeship is emerging as a trend in workforce development with strong bipartisan support from policymakers. However, despite [...]