This Labor Day, Working People Still Need the Same Things: Power, Support, Higher Wages

(Content warning: Suicide, mental health) Working people are not ok. We already knew that. It’s been true for a while. COVID-19 is making it worse.  At the end of March, close to half of Americans felt the coronavirus crisis was harming their mental health, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. In August, the CDC found [...]

Illinois Clears Parking Ticket License Suspensions from 75,000 Driving Records

Thousands of Illinoisans who lost driving privileges for non-driving violations like unpaid parking ticket debt join with community advocates to celebrate the License to Work Act, which becomes law on July 1, 2020. The act, which is the result of years of advocacy and bipartisan support, ends the draconian practice of suspending driver’s licenses for [...]

Thanks for making our 39th Annual Meeting special

On Friday, June 5, we celebrated 39 since the Chicago Jobs Council was founded. Surrounded by crisis and violence hitting people of color, particularly Black people the hardest, we decided to donate ticket sales to these Black-led Chicago organizations providing mutual aid, supporting protesters, and pushing for police accountability and reform: My Block, My Hood, My [...]

Illinois Advocates Release Skills Agenda for an Equitable Economic Recovery

The Chicago Jobs Council is proud to join with other workforce development and skill building advocates to share the Skills Agenda for an Equitable Economic Recovery. The outlook for working people in 2020 is dire. Working families are staring down an ongoing global pandemic coupled with a devastated labor market. Frontline workers struggle to secure the [...]

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 [...]

June 5: Join Us for Our 39th Annual Meeting – Virtual Edition

Registration is open for our 39th Annual Meeting Celebration, "Ideas and Action From the Community, For the Community" - Virtual Edition! Get Tickets You won't want to miss our program and other Annual Celebration highlights like our Betty J. Willhoite and Field Builder Award presentations, as well as special performances! Ticket Options: Free -- We support you and want to see [...]

Join Us! CJC Seeks Marketing and Communications Manager and Multiple Fellows

We are currently hiring for a Marketing and Communications Manager. The Marketing and Communications Manager is a full-time position to be responsible for implementing the Chicago Jobs Council’s (Jobs Council) major marketing and communications activities. The responsibilities of this position will include organization-wide communications and marketing, as well as support for the communications and marketing needs [...]

The Clean Energy Jobs Act is Right for Illinois Workers and Communities

written by Jamie Koenig, CJC Policy Intern The Chicago Jobs Council is a proud supporter of the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) in Illinois. Climate change presents major threats globally as well as locally. To respond we must transition our energy sector to carbon neutral renewable energy. That transition is fundamentally about jobs: creating pathways [...]

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 [...]

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