national study examined the changing transportation trends in America's
100 largest urbanized areas, which are defined as regions larger than a
city but smaller than a metropolitan area.
In the Chicago area, the number of
workers commuting by car declined by 2.1 percent between 2000 and the years between 2007 to 2011, according to the report, which reviewed available data from the Federal
Highway Administration, Federal Transit Administration and U.S. Census
Bureau. (The “2007 to 2011” time period is in reference to the data
collected by the 2011 American Community Survey, a five-year survey
covering 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011). Meanwhile, Chicago households
without a car increased by 1.1 percent from 2006 to 2011.
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.