New Research Explores The 'State Of America's Fathers'

Although fathers in the United States have increased their time spent on child care and housework in recent years, they are still doing much less than mothers, according to a report on the "State of America's Fathers."

"Fathers are taking on more child care and domestic work than ever before - and they say they want to do more - but we still have a long way to go" toward achieving gender equality in parenting, reads the report released last month by Promundo and the MenCare campaign.

The research, being billed as the first comprehensive report on U.S. fatherhood, is largely based on data from the Families and Work Institute's National Study of the Changing Workforce.

Among the key findings, 81 percent of employed parents who have a spouse or partner and a child under the age of 18 live in dual-income households. On the flip side, 19 percent of such parents live in single-income households. 

"The gender-based boundaries between caregiving and breadwinning have begun to crumble," the report explains, "and today's dual-career, dual-carer parents demand new policies that support them."

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Chicago Election Board Sued Over Alleged 'Discrepancies, Improprieties' During Post-Primary Election Audit

A federal lawsuit was filed last week against the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, alleging "discrepancies and improprieties" occurred during the audit of the March 15 primary returns.

The law firm Gregory E. Kulis & Associates, Ltd. brought the lawsuit Thursday on behalf of five individuals with the Illinois Ballot Integrity Project who were credentialed to monitor the audit, plus an early voter whose ballot was cast at a downtown Chicago polling site with an electronic voting machine subject to the audit.

The audit was conducted March 23 through March 29 at the Chicago Election Board's warehouse on Pershing Road, according to the lawsuit, which names the election board and its general counsel as defendants.

Election authorities in Illinois are required to conduct a post-election test of "voting devices and equipment in 5 percent of the precincts within the election jurisdiction, as well as 5 percent of the voting devices used in early voting," the lawsuit states.

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Top CEOs Made Less In 2015, But They Still Earned 276 Times More Than Average Worker

CEOs at America's largest firms received an average of $15.5 million in compensation last year, meaning they earned 276 times more than the typical worker in 2015, new research shows.

The $15.5 million in average CEO compensation was down about 5 percent from 2014, when the figure was $16.3 million, and up 46.5 percent since the economic recovery began in 2009, according to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI).

"Most (83 percent) of the decline in CEO pay from 2014 to 2015 can be explained by the drop in the value of realized stock options in that period," EPI's report reads. "Therefore the decline in compensation does not reflect any structural change in how CEO compensation is set or changes in corporate governance. CEO compensation will likely resume its upward trajectory when the stock market resumes upward movement."

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Tyson Meat Company Ranked As Worst Illinois Water Polluter Among Agribusinesses

New research shows the Tyson Fresh Meats animal slaughtering facility in Hillsdale was the top water polluter in Illinois among major agribusiness operations in 2014.

That year, the Tyson Fresh Meats plant released over 2 million pounds of pollutants into the state's waterways, according to the Environment America Research & Education Center's report.

The environmental advocacy group examined the "water pollution footprints" of Tyson Foods and four other major agribusinesses, Cargill, JBS, Perdue and Smithfield, in Illinois and other states. Forty-four percent of the nation's pork, chicken and beef is produced by those five companies, according to the report.

Researchers analyzed the most recent 2014 data from the federal Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) on pollution discharges into waterways from the five major agribusinesses. Among the findings, Tyson's facilities released the most pollutants nationwide -- nearly 21 million pounds. 

That's more pollutants "by volume than even Exxon Mobil or DuPont," according to the environmental group.

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