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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:14pm
Tue May 3, 2016

Illinois Budget Impasse 'Destroying' State's Mental Health Services, Providers Say

As the state budget impasse enters its eleventh month, Progress Illinois examines how mental health services and providers have been impacted.

Quick Hit
by Aricka Flowers
12:55pm
Wed Jan 13, 2016

UNITE HERE Ad Campaign Targets Moylan On Issue Of Workplace Sexual Harassment (VIDEO)

UNITE HERE Local 1 targeted state Rep. Mary Moylan (D-Des Plaines) with a new ad Wednesday, alleging that the lawmaker made light of a casino worker's claim of sexual harassment at the workplace.

The Rivers Casino buffet server alleges that when she was sexually harassed by a patron at her workplace, higher ups at the facility "took no action" on the complaint, according to the ad, prompting her to contact Moylan's office for further assistance. The union alleges that Moylan "laughed after [the] 21 year-old waitress came forward to share her story of sexual harassment." Moylan's district includes the suburb of Des Plaines, where Rivers Casino is located. 

"Representative Moylan's behavior demonstrates a need for a very public challenge," says UNITE HERE Local 1 President Karen Kent. "We need to show our daughters, nieces, friends and colleagues that we are behind them, that we believe in them, that we've been there, and we're going to end it. I invite leaders, entrepreneurs, activists, public officials to step up and support the young women, the women with the fewest resources, who are making their way in the world."

Meanwhile, Moylan is balking at the union's claims.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
7:20pm
Mon Oct 27, 2014

Election Preview: A Look At The Expensive 55th District State Rep. Race

Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the state representative race in the 55th district.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:23pm
Fri Oct 24, 2014

First-Time Candidate Seeks GOP Incumbent's Defeat In 20th State House District

Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the race for the 20th district state representative seat, which pits first-time candidate and law student Mo Khan against long-serving GOP incumbent Mike McAuliffe.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
8:03pm
Fri Jun 6, 2014

Renewable Gasoline From Wood: A Transportation Fuel Of The Future?

An innovative process to convert wood waste directly into renewable, high-octane gasoline has been developed successfully at the Des Plaines-based Gas Technology Institute (GTI), a non-profit that researches and develops energy technologies.

The recently-developed technology was crafted over a four-year period at GTI's gasification campus as part of a public-private pilot project supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) integrated biorefineries program.

At GTI's pilot plant, some 700 tons of woody biomass, such as mill and logging residue, were gasified and about 10,000 gallons of gasoline were produced.

"Gasification has a very checkered past," explained Jim Patel, president of the California-based biomass gasification company Carbona Corporation, a partner of the DOE-backed project. "People have made promises of gasification technology but (there have not been) too many successes. Here, we've proved that gasification works. We can clean up the gas, and the gas can be converted into gasoline." 

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12:31pm
Fri Mar 14, 2014

Guest Post: Chicagoland Hospitality Workers Rally For Fair Treatment At Neil Bluhm’s Rivers Casino

The following is from UNITE HERE on Thursday's action at the Rivers Casino in Des Plaines.

On Thursday afternoon, over 100 Rivers Casino workers, Chicago hospitality workers and community allies rallied outside of Rivers Casino. They are calling for better working conditions and an end to management-led intimidation at Rivers. Chicago billionaire Neil Bluhm is the chairman of the company that owns Rivers Casino.

Casino workers have been publicly seeking a fair process to decide whether to join a union since October 2013. Since then, casino management has embarked on an intimidation and harassment campaign that has prompted 55 federal unfair labor practice charges.

Workers claim that management has, among other tactics, threatened the loss of benefits, ordered union fliers thrown in the trash and held captive-audience meetings. In addition, they claim management has directed security personnel to escort union supporters from the dining room and has disciplined union supporters. These tactics can create a climate of fear, hindering employees from unionizing.