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by Ellyn Fortino
5:31pm
Wed Jun 22, 2016

Chicago City Council Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance, Regulations On Sharing Services

From paid sick days to regulations on popular sharing services like Airbnb and Uber, Progress Illinois rounds up highlights from Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:18pm
Fri Jun 3, 2016

Workers, Advocacy Groups Decry Overtime Restrictions For Illinois Home Care Providers (UPDATED)

A coalition of worker and advocacy groups is urging the Rauner administration to reconsider new overtime restrictions impacting in-home care providers for Illinoisans with disabilities. The organizations released a white paper this week, warning that the overtime policy is "disrupting the care system and harming workers, consumers and families."

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
3:24pm
Wed Jan 20, 2016

Advocates Push For State Legislation To Protect Home Services Eligibility

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL,9), state Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) and other advocates for seniors and people with disabilities sought to rally support Wednesday for proposed state legislation aimed at preventing the governor from making eligibility requirements tougher for home services programs.

Harris is spearheading the bill, HB 4351, in the state legislature.

The measure involves the Determination of Need (DON) score, which sets eligibility for the Home Services Program for people with disabilities and the Community Care Program for low-income seniors. Through the programs, seniors and people with disabilities are connected to personal attendants who can assist them at their homes.

Under Harris' proposal, the minimum eligibility DON score could not be raised above the current figure of 29. Rauner in the past has proposed raising the DON score from 29 to 37 as a means to cut costs. 

"Nearly 40,000 seniors and people with disabilities are estimated to lose their essential home care if the governor were to have his way," Schakowsky said during a press conference at the Thompson Center. "And countless more would be denied (services) in the future. Shame on Governor Rauner."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:21pm
Wed Nov 18, 2015

Chicago City Council Roundup: 'Sanctuary City' Resolution, Privatization Safeguards & Drone Regulations

Progress Illinois recaps Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting, during which aldermen reaffirmed Chicago's status as a "sanctuary city" and approved new drone regulations and a Privatization Transparency and Accountability Ordinance.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:03pm
Thu Oct 15, 2015

Emanuel Submits Budget Plan To Council; Homeless Activists Camp Out At City Hall For CHA Oversight

Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially submitted his 2016 budget proposal to the city council on Wednesday, and the public had an opportunity to weigh in on his plan at a hearing that afternoon. Homeless activists were among those who attended the hearing. They also slept outside City Hall as part of their push for greater oversight of the Chicago Housing Authority. 

Quick Hit
by Michael Joyce
12:25pm
Thu Oct 8, 2015

Parents, Advocates Speak Out Against CPS Special Education Cuts

Newly announced cuts to special education in Chicago spurred parents to gather for a special town hall meeting Tuesday night to discuss the potential impact of the public school district's latest budget move.

Amber Smock, director of advocacy for Access Living, described the budget cuts as "morally wrong," adding that it demonstrates school officials' lack of the creativity needed to find other ways to curb expenses.

"The Chicago Public Schools budget crisis facing students with disabilities is one of the worst we've seen in ten years," said Smock. "The fact that CPS [Chicago Public Schools] has chosen to make most of their budget cuts on the backs of students with disabilities is unfair and incomprehensible."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:21pm
Mon Mar 16, 2015

Illinoisans Speak Out Against Rauner's Proposed Human Services Budget Cuts

A few hundred Illinoisans attended a state Senate appropriations hearing in Chicago on Monday to discuss Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget cuts to Department of Human Services programs. Here's a breakdown of what happened at the hearing and what some audience members have to say about the governor's fiscal plan.

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