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by Ellyn Fortino
11:51pm
Mon Oct 26, 2015

U.S. House Dems Set To Press For Action On Supports For Working Families

U.S. House Democrats are set to hold a day of action Tuesday at the nation's Capitol to promote proposed policies important to working families.

Policy advocates hope the "Working Families Day of Action" will result in more bipartisan support for the legislative proposals, which center around paid sick days, paid family leave, work schedule flexibility, access to affordable child care and equal pay for equal work, among other issues.

As part of the effort, Democratic lawmakers are looking to secure more co-sponsors for the proposed legislation and advocate for a resolution in support of bringing the bills up for a vote.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
3:11pm
Wed Oct 21, 2015

Report: Women, Workers Of Color Face 'Occupational Segregation' In Restaurant Industry

Women and workers of color are disproportionately represented in lower-paid restaurant jobs, and they face the most barriers to obtaining "living wage" positions in the industry, according to a new report from Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC).

The restaurant worker advocacy group's research sheds light on and calls for an end to "Jim-Crow-like segregation in the restaurant industry."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:48pm
Wed Oct 7, 2015

Parents, Daycare Providers Rail Against Rauner's Child Care Cuts At Chicago Hearing

Progress Illinois recaps Wednesday's state hearing in Chicago on the Rauner administration's changes to the Child Care Assistance Program, which have thus far resulted in nearly 5,000 children being denied access to state-subsidized daycare.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
11:18am
Fri Sep 25, 2015

Chicago Soup Kitchen Sees Uptick Of Those In Need, Leaders Blame Ongoing Budget Standoff (VIDEO)

A soup kitchen on Chicago's North Side says they've seen an uptick in the number of individuals depending on their free meals since the state's budget impasse started nearly three months ago.

On Thursday, representatives from the kitchen joined with state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) and other nonprofits to call for an end to the standoff and urge lawmakers to fully fund the services Illinois' most vulnerable citizens depend upon.

"A lot of the folks that come to the community kitchen rely on services that are being slashed, so they have to come here," said Rev. Marilyn Pagan Banks, executive director of A Just Harvest, which serves free meals every day to people in need at 7649 N. Paulina St. in the Rogers Park neighborhood.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
4:44pm
Mon Sep 21, 2015

Rauner's Child Care Cuts Could Deal Economic Blow To Illinois, Say Small Business Advocates

Advocates for low-income working families in need of affordable daycare are sounding the alarm over the potential economic impacts of the Rauner administration's recent cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's CCAP restrictions, which will shut out an estimated 90 percent of new applicants from the program, "will harm the Illinois economy and cost taxpayers more in the long run," SEIU* Healthcare Illinois Vice President James Muhammad said on a Monday morning conference call.

He was joined on the call by small business advocates from the Main Street Alliance and Small Business Advocacy Council as well as a policy expert from Innovation Illinois, a Chicago-based progressive think tank.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
3:22pm
Tue Sep 15, 2015

National Report Details 'True Cost' Of Incarceration On Families

A national report released Tuesday aims to shed light on the hidden impacts mass incarceration has on families and their economic stability, health and well-being.

Over 20 community-based organizations from across the country, including the Chicago-based Workers Center for Racial Justice (WCRJ), spent more than a year developing the report, which is based on over 1,100 surveys of formerly incarcerated people, families with incarcerated loved ones and employers.

"Everyone knows about the $80 billion that our cities and states and the federal government (spend) locking people up, but what is not known is the amount of money that we incur when ourselves and loved ones get locked up," WCRJ's Executive Director DeAngelo Bester said at a Tuesday press conference in Chicago.

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