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Illinois Hunger Coalition
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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Jun 27, 2016

Illinois Expands Reach Of Summer Meal Programs, But 686,000 Kids Still Missing Out

More low-income Illinois children are participating in summer meal programs, but there are still nearly 686,000 eligible kids missing out, a new report shows.

About 112,000 low-income Illinois children received summer meals on a daily basis last July, according to the report by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), a national anti-hunger group.

That figure represents a 4.7 percent increase from July 2014, when about 107,000 low-income Illinois children accessed summer meal programs each day.

While advocates are pleased by the 4.7 percent increase, they point out that summer meals are reaching only one in seven low-income Illinois children who need them.

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Wed Oct 8, 2014

Guest Post: Hundreds Of Chicago Seniors, Working Families Stage Political Theater Highlighting Barriers To Prosperity

The following is from the Jane Addams Senior Caucus.

Over three hundred senior citizens, their allies and aldermen gathered at Daley Plaza Tuesday to dramatically protest the housing and economic policies supported by Mayor Emanuel, which are having disastrous impact on struggling families and seniors.  

The message chanted at the Rally was “What do we want? $15 Now! What do we want? CHA Housing Justice!”  

Shatara Uhunmwangho, leader of Chicago Housing Initiative who is homeless said, “I made the decision to participate in the political theater and rally because I am a mother, I am a worker and I am on the waiting list for the Chicago Housing Authority. Affordable housing is an issue for my family.  My daughter and I need a stable and affordable place to live. This year, the city council has the opportunity to vote on two important issues that would transform the lives of thousands and thousands of families – the Keeping the Promise Ordinance and $15 Minimum Wage for Chicago Ordinance.”   

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by Ashlee Rezin
Fri Dec 14, 2012

Hundreds Descend On The Magnificent Mile To Rally For A Higher Minimum Wage (VIDEO)

Hundreds of Chicagoans marched down the Magnificent Mile Thursday, chanting, carrying signs, and demanding a higher wage for downtown’s service industry and retail workers.

Part of the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago’s “Fight For 15” campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour, the protest started with a 4 p.m. rally at Cityfront Plaza. As protesters chanted “we can’t survive on $8.25,” minimum wage employees spoke of economic hardships and community leaders spoke in support of raising wages for downtown’s food and retail employees.

“I have a step-child to look after, medical bills I can’t afford and student loans I have to pay off, but I’m not making enough money,” said Robert Wilson Jr., 25, a seven-year employee of the McDonald’s on Navy Pier. Wilson makes $8.35 per hour.

“We work hard for little pay and we deserve way more than what we’re getting,” he said.