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PI Original
by Adam Doster
6:31pm
Tue Jun 16, 2009

Social Service Providers Rally Against Budget Cuts

Social service providers are giving state legislators a giant earful as budget negotiations go down to the wire and devastating program cuts and layoffs loom. In front of the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago this morning, several hundred protestors gathered to voice ...
PI Original
by Angela Caputo
9:24am
Thu Jun 4, 2009

The Human Face Of The Budget Cuts

At the end of June, Illinois' current fiscal year will run out. And that's a frightening prospect for non-profits and other state agencies -- schools, early childhood education centers, health clinics, and so on -- who still aren't certain what sort of funding they'll ...
PI Original
by Adam Doster
5:15pm
Thu May 21, 2009

SOUL Pushes For Green Jobs Amendment

As we highlighted this morning, some black lawmakers weren't particularly excited by the package Senate leaders proposed and passed yesterday to fund a $29 billion capital construction plan. Specifically, Sens. James Meeks and Jacqueline Collins criticized the bill for ...
PI Original
by Angela Caputo
9:50am
Tue Dec 16, 2008

Unlike Other States, Illinois Unemployment Fund Flush

When the New York Times reported on Sunday about the increasing number of states whose unemployment funds are drying up, we wondered how Illinois’ accounts are doing. What we found was a bright spot in an otherwise dreary fiscal landscape: the Prairie State’s unemployment ...
PI Original
by Angela Caputo
6:51pm
Thu Nov 13, 2008

DCFS Workers Try To Beat Back Layoffs

When Fred Pennix (right) was hired 15 years ago as a state child welfare investigator in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood -- arguably one of the nation's most devastated communities -- he thought the job would be tough. Turns out, he was right. Poverty there runs deep ...
PI Original
by Angela Caputo
1:22pm
Sat Oct 18, 2008

Bad Economy Tips More Into Poverty

As the state's unemployment rate continues to climb, researchers from the Heartland Alliance's Mid-America Institute on Poverty (MAIP) say that an increasing number of Illinois households are now teetering on the brink of poverty. With 25 percent of the country's ...
PI Original
by Adam Doster
9:40am
Tue Sep 23, 2008

Urban Farmer Named MacArthur "Genius"

The urban agriculture movement received quite a boost today with the news that Will Allen -- the founder of Milwaukee-based Growing Power -- has been awarded the prestigious the MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant." Distributed over five years, the grant comes ...
PI Original
by Adam Doster
3:52pm
Fri Jul 18, 2008

Interfaith Worker Justice Fights Wage Theft

Next Thursday, America's federal minimum wage will jump 70 cents to a total of $6.85 per hour. This boost is encouraging, especially after the wage remained at $5.15 for over nine years before the Democratic Congress initiated a raise in late 2006. But it's still well ...

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