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Media Coverage – Chicago UI Rally

Representatives from CJC, the United Steelworkers Union, and Citizen Action/Illinois joined Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky Wednesday afternoon urging Senator Mark Kirk to support extending unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed. This rally, held in front of Senator Kirk's Chicago office, is the latest effort to urge the Senator to support extending benefits. Click here to read [...]

Job Reading Training Workshops for Veterans

National Able Network's Veterans Forward will host a series of job readiness training workshops for veterans Thursday and Friday, January 30 & 31 from 10:00am - 4:00pm in Chicago. These workshops will assist veterans with learning effective job search techniques, prepare for job interviews, tips for cover letters and resumes, and access to veteran-exclusive career [...]

"Inequality for All" Springfield Screening

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, the Responsible Budget Coalition will host a screening of former US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich's new film, "Inequality For All". The screening will be held Tuesday, February 4 at 5:00pm in Springfield and will be followed by a panel discussion. For more information [...]

UPDATE: UI Extension Rally Today

Today's rally to urge Senator Mark Kirk to support an extension of unemployment insurance benefits will feature Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Citizen Action Illinois' William McNary. The rally will take place today, January 22 at 2:15pm in front of the John C. Kluczynski Building (230 S. Dearborn, Chicago). Click here to view the media advisory [...]

Rally Tomorrow to Urge UI Extension

Last week, the U.S. Senate failed to pass two proposals for extending unemployment insurance for the long-term unemployed. This puts millions more unemployed Americans at risk, since 1.3 million long-term unemployed individuals lost their benefits on December 28, 2013. A rally to call for Senator Kirk to support an extension of unemployment insurance benefits will [...]

Planning for Progress Survey

Cook County is embarking on a dual-track comprehensive planning process - Planning for Progress - that will guide funding requests, investments, and partnerships over the next five years around community development, affordable housing, and economic development. The Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership is encouraging Cook County residents to take a survey to share ideas about strategies [...]

Free Workshop for Adults Returning to College

Complete the Degree will host a free workshop on financial aid for adults returning to college. Participants will be introduced to how financial aid works as well as an introduction to key terms and concepts. The workshop will be held Monday, January 27 from 5:30 - 7:00pm at 55 E. Monroe, Suite 2710, Chicago. For [...]

Lost Benefits for Unemployed Overshadows Decrease in Unemployment

November 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, but negligible overall improvement since last year. With continued economic struggles in Chicago and Illinois the recent end of unemployment insurance [...]

Webinar: Federal Workforce Policy Update

The National Skills Coalition's Federal Policy Team will host a webinar this Friday, January 17, at 12:00pm CST. A new year brings new challenges and opportunities. While Congress finally reached a bipartisan budget deal that brings more certainty to the budget process and partially rolls back the harmful sequestration cuts set to take effect in [...]

RFP for AT&T's Aspire High School Success Initiative

The AT&T Aspire High School Success Initiative (HSSI) RFP will provide up to $10 million to eligible organizations implementing verifiable, evidenced-based interventions to improve the retention, promotion, and graduation rates of students at risk of dropping out of high school. The Aspire HSSI RFP will fund organizations seeking to expand proven programs in new locations, [...]