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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:14pm
Tue Jul 9, 2013

Chicago Activists Speak Out Against Public Service Cuts, Offer Alternatives

The concept of a social safety net in Illinois is under attack, according to Chicago activists who spoke out at a forum Monday evening regarding threats to public services. Members of the the Alliance For Community Services and other groups offered up various ways to avoid future social services cuts. Progress Illinois was there to learn more.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
8:40pm
Wed Mar 27, 2013

A Closer Look At TANF's Impact On The Needy In Illinois

The federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, what most people know as welfare, is set to expire at the end of the month and will need to be renewed. In the meantime, some anti-poverty advocates and welfare experts have raised questions about what impact the program has had in reducing poverty in Illinois and across the country and what can be done to reform it. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the issue.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
2:22pm
Thu Oct 18, 2012

Refugee Community Faces Major Barriers When Seeking Disability And Health Services, Report Finds

Refugees with disabilities and chronic health issues are a hidden population in the Chicagoland area, resulting in numerous barriers to proper health care and social services, panelists at an Access Living town hall meeting said Wednesday night.

The town hall served as a safe space for refugees with disabilities to share their challenges since being resettled in Chicago.

It was also the official launch of a collaborative policy brief that highlights the problem and offers more than a dozen solutions crafted by Access Living, Northwestern University’s Institute for Healthcare Studies and other partners.

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