Gov. Rauner Suspends Multiple FY15 Human Service Grants

Governor Rauner announced Friday the suspension of nearly $26 million of funding for Department of Human Services, Department of Public Health, and workforce programs through the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for fiscal year 2015. It’s time to step up and speak out against these – and the proposed FY 2016 – cuts and [...]

Illinois’ Unnecessary Cuts

Governor Bruce Rauner wants to balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable members of our communities. Last week, the Keystone Research Center and Good Jobs First gave us one more reason why this doesn't make sense. Their report Tax Fairness: An Answer to Illinois’ Budget Problems breaks down how those with the most money in [...]

TAKE ACTION – Make your Voices Heard Against Harmful Cuts

Illinois’ new Governor has proposed slashing billions of dollars in order to balance the state budget. These cuts will devastate low-income workers and families across Illinois with cuts to human services, Medicaid, subsidized childcare, and higher education. The testimony agenda for the Illinois Department of Human Services’ (IDHS) Senate Appropriations budget hearing on March 16 [...]

Springfield Day of Action – Push Back Against Proposed Budget Cuts!

Governor Rauner has proposed an irresponsible, immoral  and disastrous budget.  Organizations across the state are planning a Day of Action in Springfield Wednesday, March 11 at the Illinois State Capitol. Participants will visit legislators and coordinate actions inside and outside of the capitol building that illustrate the budget’s impacts on our communities. For more information [...]

Governor’s Budget Devastates Workers: Will Undermine Illinois’ Recovery

For some, Illinois’ economy is in recovery. But for many more, the recession continues unabated. Over 400,000 working families are poor or near poverty in Illinois—50,000 more families than in 2007. The unemployment rate in some communities is 30%.  Black Illinoisans suffer a 14.4% unemployment rate. Instead of creating opportunities, Illinois’ new Governor has decided [...]

State Budget Rally

Grassroots Illinois Action will organize a rally to protest Governor Rauner’s harmful budget cuts to childcare, Medicaid, and other community services this Thursday, February 19 beginning with a program at the Chicago Temple at 10:30am followed by a rally at the Thompson Center at 12:00pm. For more information, click here and spread the word!

Child Care Funding is Only the First Casualty of a Monumental Budget Hole

Child care costs present a major barrier to employment for working parents. Illinois is home to 1.4 million working families, 30 percent of which are near or in poverty.((Working Poor Families data Chapter 1, Table 1.A.2a.))  In Cook County alone, the formal child care sector serves143,000 children below the age of 13, according to a report by [...]

One Hundred Million Dollars to Develop Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships mix classroom training, industry credentials, and on-the-job training in a dish both well-balanced and filling, thanks to the average starting salary of $50,000. In Germany, apprenticeships are a linchpin in development of the industrial sector, and a key ingredient to their economic resilience. However, this training approach has actually slowed down in the United States, where apprenticeships [...]

Request for Application – JTED FY 2015 Grant Program

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) announced the release of the FY 2015 Request for Application for the Job Training and Economic Development (JTED) Grant Program.  DCEO will host two application orientations: A bidders conference Wednesday, December 17 from 10:00am - 12:30pm at the Thompson Center (100 W. Randolph, Room 2-025, Chicago) [...]

DFSS 2015 Budget Highlights

It is budgeting time for Chicago and city departments are presenting their proposed 2015 plans to the City Council for approval. The mayor submitted his budget recommendations earlier in October, and additions and changes will be made to the budget in November and December. The goal is for the City Council to approve a balanced budget [...]

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