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DOL Grant Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced the following grant opportunities for non-profit organizations: Approximately $30 million for the Training to Work - Adult Reentry competitive grant program; approximately $73 million in YouthBuild grant funds, and approximately $150 million in grants for the Ready to Work Partnership grant competition. For more information, click on the appropriate [...]

New Frontline Focus Courses!

We're excited to announce three brand new Frontline Focus trainings: Making Metrics Matter (Feb. 26), Motivational Interviewing (Mar. 12), and Documentation of Case Notes (Mar. 26). For more information on these and other Frontline Focus trainings, click here.

Illinois Immigrant Integration Policy Summit

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights will host its 4th annual policy summit this Saturday, February 22 from 9:00am - 1:00pm at Benito Juarez High School (1450-1510 W. Cermak, Chicago). This year's summit will feature free workshops as well as labor leader Eliseo Medina as this year's special guest. Click here for more [...]

New report: More Illinois Working Mothers Are Low-Income

Nationwide, there are now 4.1 million low-income families headed by working mothers, with more than 160,000 of those in Illinois, according to the new report released by the Working Poor Families Project, “Low-Income Working Mothers and State Policy: Investing for a Better Economic Future.” The report utilizes the latest data from the Census Bureau’s American [...]

New report: More Illinois Working Mothers Are Low-Income

Nationwide, there are now 4.1 million low-income families headed by working mothers, and more than 160,000 of those are in Illinois according to a new report released by the Working Poor Families Project. The report utilizes recent data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and mentions that many factors keeping working mothers in poverty [...]

High Unemployment and Lost Benefits Continue to Hurt Long-Term Jobseekers

December 2013 unemployment rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and IDES have been posted to the WIRE’s Unemployment Page. These rates indicate a slight improvement in unemployment in Chicago and Illinois compared to the previous months, and negligible overall improvement since last year. With continued economic struggles in Chicago and Illinois, the consistent failure of Congress to extend [...]

February Workforce Development Working Group

Join us for our February Working Group, in partnership with Women Employed & Chicago Citywide Literacy Coalition. This month's meeting will be structured as a facilitated input session to gather feedback for the Office of Vocational and Adult Education's action plan to respond to an OECD report that shows 36 million adults lack basic skills. [...]

Urge Senator Kirk to Extend Unemployment Insurance

In January the U.S. Senate failed to pass two proposals for extending unemployment insurance (UI) for the 1.7 million long-term unemployed Americans. In Illinois, advocates are once again targeting Senator Mark Kirk as he was one of many Senators who voted against the expansion. Call Senator Kirk now at (202) 224-2854 and urge him to [...]

State of the State Response

"The Governor and the General Assembly could further advance this vision of enhanced prosperity for working Illinoisans by fully utilizing the 21st Century Workforce Development Fund and its advisory committee to develop specific solutions that support low-wage workers who lack skills or have barriers to employment." Read our full response to Governor Quinn's State of the [...]

1.9 Million Illinoisans Live in Poverty

The Social IMPACT Research Center released its annual Illinois Poverty Report on January 30, 2014. This report shows that 14.7% of Illinoisans, or nearly 1.9 million people, were living at or below the poverty line in 2012. The workforce development system must continue to meet the needs of these individuals struggling with economic security. For [...]

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