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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]