Transportation challenges continue to limit employment opportunities in Chicagoland

In November 2019, the Chicago Jobs Council distributed transportation issue surveys to our members (providers of workforce development and other community services) and our Transit Table coalition (advocates working to eliminate transportation barriers that keep people out of work and in poverty).  Community based workforce development providers have a unique insight into what makes the [...]

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 [...]

Frontline Focus Course Catalog Now Available

The 2019/2020 Frontline Focus Training Institute Course Catalog is now available! Check it out to see the latest professional development opportunities for workforce staff. This is also a great time to consider becoming a member of the Jobs Council, which gets your organization an average $40 savings per person on any of our 1 day [...]

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, [...]

City Collaborative Proposes Incremental Reforms to Chicago’s Vehicle Ticketing System

CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago City Clerk today released recommendations from a collaborative group called the Fines, Fees, and Access Collaborative that seeks to reform the City of Chicago’s vehicle ticketing system. The recommendations are a result of six months of research and collaboration between Clerk Anna Valencia and various stakeholders, including City departments, elected officials, [...]

License to Work Act Passes Illinois Senate!

At the Jobs Council, we know that transportation barriers are employment barriers. Today, Illinois Senate voted to pass important reforms to driver's license suspension policy. The License to Work Act would eliminate driver’s license suspension as a penalty for most non-driving violations. Currently, thousands of Illinoisans are stuck in debt traps because they cannot pay to [...]

Take Action for the License to Work Act!

On March 20th, the Illinois Senate Transportation Committee voted unanimously in support of the License to Work Act. We've come a long ways since our first year working to end driver's license suspension as a penalty for most non-moving violations. Now, we need your help to pass the License to Work Act on the Senate [...]

Transformative Coaching for the Whole Family

People know what they need, where they're strong, and what their families are struggling with. This internal expertise is central to an exciting new coaching model that the Chicago Jobs Council is helping spread across the United States. Developed by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Family-Centered Coaching (FCC) is a free, open source set of strategies, tools, [...]

Submit your comment against the proposed SNAP ABAWD waiver rule harming over 400,000 Illinoisans!

Despite the successful passing of a bipartisan Farm Bill in December 2018 that strengthened federal SNAP support and resources, the Trump administration has sidestepped Congress and proposed federal rule changes that will have several extremely harmful effects in Illinois that need our urgent action: The proposed rule changes would severely limit Illinois' ability to apply for the [...]