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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:15pm
Mon Sep 22

Worker Advocates Fearful Of Rauner's 'Anti-Labor' Agenda

Critics of GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner's stance on labor issues say his proposed policies would spell bad news for Illinois workers, retirees and unions.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:52pm
Wed Sep 10

Chicago City Council Roundup: Inspector General's Authority, SROs & CHA Oversight

Progress Illinois provides some of the highlights from Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
4:46pm
Tue Aug 26

New #WEmatter Twitter Campaign Amplifies Women's Economic Security Woes

Organizations and individuals across the country are taking to social media on Tuesday as part of a new campaign to promote policies designed to strengthen the economic security of women and families.

The launch of the social media movement coincides with Women's Equality Day, which marks the anniversary of women winning the right to vote on August 26, 1920. 

Those participating in the campaign are organizing under the hashtag "WEmatter" on Twitter and other social media outlets. Read more »

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:46pm
Tue Aug 19

Chicago Activists, Progressive Aldermen Call For Reopening Of Mental Health Clinics (VIDEO)

Progress Illinois provides highlights from Tuesday's Chicago City Council hearing on mental health services.

Quick Hit
by Aaron Cynic
2:58pm
Thu Jul 17

Chicago Cab Drivers Rally For Better Wages, Fair Representation

Hundreds rallied at the Thompson Center Wednesday afternoon to show their support for cab drivers in Chicago who are demanding better wages and working conditions. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has been working with cab drivers in Chicago to help them unionize, which they say would give the drivers a better chance at raising their wages, handling city regulations and competing with newer ride sharing companies like Uber and Lyft. 

According to a study from AFSCME released last month, wages for at least half of Chicago’s taxicab drivers fall far short of the state’s minimum wage of $8.25 an hour, with some earning just over $5.00 an hour. Some 10 percent of drivers actually lose money.

“We make Chicago run, but that is not enough for City Hall,” Maxwell Akinton, a Chicago cab driver, told the massive crowd on the plaza. “They treat us like an ATM machine and pull money out of us every day. We have no way to fight back.” Read more »

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
12:06pm
Fri Jun 20

Chicagoans Get Fired Up At Minimum Wage Community Meeting (VIDEO)

A passionate crowd of Chicagoans made their case for and against raising the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour at a spirited community meeting Thursday night on the North Side. Progress Illinois was there for the meeting, held by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's recently formed Minimum Wage Working Group.