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PI Original
by Aricka Flowers
4:32am
Sat Mar 12

Dissecting Trump's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day In Chicago

Chicago is once again in the national spotlight. This time, the city is making headlines over a protest that led to the cancellation of Donald Trump's campaign rally at the UIC Pavilion. Progress Illinois analyzes the day's developments and its possible long-term implications.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
3:17pm
Fri Mar 11

Foster Urges Action On Illinois 'Payer State Problem' As Budget Impasse Continues

With the state budget impasse now in its ninth month, and as social service providers and higher education institutions struggle to stay afloat financially as a result, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL,11) drew attention Friday to what he says is the "single largest driver of the financial stress" facing Illinois.

Foster spoke at a discussion in Aurora with state lawmakers and social service providers impacted by the budget stalemate, and raised awareness about the "problem" of Illinois being a payer state.

Illinois is considered to be a "payer" or "donor" state because residents pay more in federal taxes than the state receives in the form of federal funds. Consequentially, approximately $40 billion leaves Illinois annually through the federal government, according to Foster, who is proposing legislation in Congress to address the payer state issue. As of 2013, Illinoisans paid about $1,400 per person more in federal taxes and got back about $1,770 less in federal spending than the national average.

Quick Hit
by Michael Joyce
8:13pm
Thu Mar 10

Chicagoans Say Illinois Is 'Broke on Purpose', Call On Rauner To Redistribute Funds

Activists and city residents packed the Chicago Temple Building on Wednesday evening to push back against Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner's fiscal policies, which have led to budget cuts and an ongoing state budget impasse.

Tracey Abman, associate director of AFSCME Council 31, kicked off the night with a spirited attack on Rauner's administration, particularly targeting his decisions on how to allocate state funds.

Abman said the state is "broke on purpose," adding that Rauner is the reason why the state is broken. The audience erupted into a chorus of boo's at the mention of the governor's name.

"He's proposing another budget for next year with even more budget cuts, never mind we don't have one this year," said Abman.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:53pm
Thu Mar 10

Chicago Nabisco Bakery Workers Rally Against Layoffs, Offshoring Of American Jobs (VIDEO) (UPDATED)

Chicago Nabisco bakery workers protested Thursday against Mondelez International's plans to move hundreds of local jobs to Mexico.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
2:53pm
Wed Mar 9

Fired Chicago Bus Driver Speaks Out; CTA Approves Contract For Hundreds Of New Railcars

A former Chicago transit worker who claims he was "unjustly" terminated last month saw support Wednesday morning from some Chicago Teachers Union members and community groups, who want the fired bus driver rehired.

The group, including representatives from the Black Youth Project 100, spoke out before the Chicago Transit Board meeting.

Erek Slater, who previously worked as a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus driver and claims to be a "union steward" and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 241 executive board member, said he was "unjustly" fired last month.

According to the group, Slater was fired after initiating, as a union steward, "an inquiry into a possible violation of the contract" by the CTA "on the request of his coworker."

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