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by Aricka Flowers
Tue Apr 8

Number Of The Day: 78

Illinois women make 78 cents for every dollar that a man earns, which is an especially disheartening statistic on Equal Pay Day. 

“If someone does the same work, they should earn the same pay,” said Gov. Pat Quinn, who observed Equal Pay Day with fellow lawmakers Tuesday. “Yet here we are in 2014 — 51 years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act — and women on average still don’t earn as much as their male counterparts in the workplace. We won’t be satisfied until all workers are equally compensated for the same work, regardless of their gender. When women succeed, our economy grows.”

In Illinois, female workers who feel their lower wages are attributed to gender-based pay discrimination can seek assistance at the Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL), which is tasked with enforcing the Illinois Equal Pay Act. Female workers across the state have been successful in getting the money due to them, according to the agency.  Read more »

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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Sep 30, 2013

Chicago's Federal Workers To Congress: Stop Political Games, Avoid Government Shutdown (VIDEO)

With the threat of a government shutdown getting closer by the hour, more than 60 federal civilian employees protested at Chicago’s Federal Plaza Monday, calling on Congress to “stop the lockout.” Progress Illinois attended the rally.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue May 28, 2013

Long-Term Unemployed Face Continued Economic Challenges

Although the U.S. labor market has seen some improvement, it is not enough to significantly help the long-term unemployed and individuals who have exhausted their unemployment benefits, say economists and labor experts. We take a closer look at this issue in part one of our latest look at the nation's unemployment crisis. Check back with Progress Illinois later this week for a look at how the sequester cuts have only added to the woes of the long-term unemployed.