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 [...]

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 [...]

Worker-Owned Cooperatives and Workforce Development: Untapped Potential for Partnership

October is National Cooperative Month.  At the Jobs Council, we celebrated a month early: in September, we gathered with our partners for our third Workforce 360, a new forum that brings together the best of two of our previous stakeholder forums, Frontline Workforce Association and the Workforce Development Working Group. We chose to take on a [...]