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by Ellyn Fortino
12:38pm
Wed Jul 13, 2016

Advocates Urge Gov. Rauner To Sign Illinois Domestic Workers Bill Of Rights

Illinois caregivers, housecleaners and their advocates rallied at the Thompson Center Wednesday, urging Gov. Bruce Rauner to sign the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights.

The Illinois General Assembly approved the measure during the last legislative session and sent it to the governor on June 26.

Rauner has 60 days to take action on the legislation, which would ensure that domestic workers in Illinois are paid no less than the minimum wage, receive at least one day off a week and have protections against sexual harassment.

Magdalena Zylinska is among the 35,000 estimated domestic workers in Illinois. She's a housecleaner in Chicago who organizes domestic workers with the Arise Chicago worker center.

"Since the domestic work industry is rapidly growing, and it is a very critical part of our state, I think it is a matter of urgency for this bill to pass," she said. "Also, as domestic workers, we make all other work possible. We take care of children, aging loved ones, people living with disabilities and the homes of families. We want to be recognized as real workers, and we want to be treated with respect."

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
5:01pm
Thu May 19, 2016

Mental Health Advocates Illustrate 'Devastating' Impact Of Illinois Budget Impasse During Chicago Rally

Mental health advocates say the state budget impasse is having a "devastating" impact on services and pushing state psychiatric facilities to the point where they can't afford basic necessities like toilet paper.  

Many mental health services have gone unfunded during the 11-month impasse.

Mental Health AmericaNAMI Chicago (National Alliance on Mental Illness), Thresholds and Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare were among the groups and service providers who rallied at the Thompson Center Thursday morning, demanding an end to the state budget stalemate. 

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
2:03pm
Thu Oct 15, 2015

Enviros, Labor Leaders And Religious Figures Rally In Chicago For Climate Justice (VIDEO)

A few hundred Illinois environmental, labor and faith leaders hit Chicago's downtown streets Wednesday evening to rally for climate justice and demand that state leaders implement aggressive policies to combat climate change.

The Chicago demonstration was one of nearly 200 similar events held across the country as part of a national day of action spearheaded by the People's Climate Movement, which was behind last year's massive climate change march in New York City that drew some 400,000 people.

The organizers of Wednesday's national day of action hoped to send a clear message to political leaders scheduled to convene for a United Nations climate change conference in Paris this December.

"The goal of these marches was to help send a clear signal that the people of this country are concerned about [the] climate crisis and injustices that are going on," the Rev. Booker Vance with Faith in Place told Progress Illinois at the Chicago rally. "We want to make sure that when our leaders go to Paris that they have a clear sense that the people are behind them. The United States in all other areas wants to be a leader. This is an (area) clearly where we can show our leadership and understanding and compassion for issues of climate justice."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:08pm
Wed Sep 23, 2015

Homeless Illinois Youth Rally For A State Budget Solution (VIDEO)

Homeless youth, service providers and state lawmakers rallied for a fair budget at the Thompson Center on Wednesday. Progress Illinois provides highlights from the event. 

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