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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Sep 22

Emanuel Pitches Nearly $600 Million Property Tax Hike To Chicago City Council

Progress Illinois breaks down Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2016 budget address and rounds up reaction to his fiscal proposals, including a nearly $600 million property tax hike to cover police and fire pensions and school construction costs. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Jan 15, 2014

Chicago City Council Roundup: E-Cigs, Affordable Housing & Charter Expansion

Progress Illinois recaps some of the happenings at Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting.

Quick Hit
Thu Dec 12, 2013

Letter To The Editor From The Chicago Aldermanic Black Caucus

To the Editor:

We are deeply disturbed about recent reports that suggest that the Chicago Transit Authority will end its ex-offender rail car employment program.

African Americans are disproportionately represented in Illinois’ prison population. More often than not, these ex-offenders return to their home communities after serving their sentences in prison. They return to communities that have higher than average rates of unemployment and underemployment caused by a chronic shortage of living wage jobs. Moreover, even non-violent ex-offenders face statutory bars to employment and government benefits that serve as perverse incentives for criminal behavior.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Dec 11, 2013

Ald. Brookins Calls For Hearing On Inequality Among Chicago Airport Concession Workers

Workers at the Hudson News bookstore at both Midway and O'Hare International airports say the company is not treating its North and South Side employees equally, and they want the Chicago City Council to investigate the issue.

Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), one of the airport workers' advocates, introduced a non-binding resolution at Wednesday's city council meeting that calls on the Aviation Committee to hold a hearing about the compensation system and personnel practices the company uses at both locations.

Hudson Midway workers receive an average hourly wage of $8.92, while Hudson O'Hare employees are paid an average of $10.05 per hour, Brookins' resolution reads. Hudson News workers at O'Hare earn an average of $1.13 more an hour than their counterparts at Midway, according to the hospitality union Unite Here Local 1, which represents the Hudson News workers at O’Hare and Midway.

"Why, if you do the same work at the same company in the same city, do you get paid less money?" Brookins said at a Wednesday morning news conference.