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by Ellyn Fortino
5:16pm
Wed Dec 2

Experts Release 'Women's Economic Agenda' To Close Gender Pay Gap, Boost Wage Growth

Declining wages among men drove 40 percent of the progress in closing the U.S. gender wage gap over the past 35 years, according to research by the Economic Policy Institute.

Experts at the Washington, D.C.-based progressive think tank highlighted that finding last month as they unveiled a "Women's Economic Agenda." EPI's 12-point policy agenda looks to improve economic security for women and families by closing the gender pay gap and promoting broad-based wage growth.

"Over the last several decades women have entered the workforce in record numbers and made great strides in educational attainment. Nevertheless, when compared with men, women are still paid less, are more likely to hold low-wage jobs, and are more likely to live in poverty," reads the agenda's accompanying report by EPI's Alyssa Davis and Elise Gould. "Gender wage disparities are present at all wage levels and within education categories, occupations, and sectors--sometimes to a grave degree."

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by Ellyn Fortino
2:02pm
Mon Mar 9

Rauner, Illinois GOP Congressmen Call For Vote On Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Progress Illinois provides highlights from Monday's Illinois Business Immigration Coalition forum featuring Gov. Bruce Rauner, Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Illinois Republican Congressmen Bob Dold, Adam Kinzinger and Aaron Schock, during which the officials called on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:29pm
Fri Oct 10, 2014

Election Preview: Foster, Senger Battle For The 11th Congressional District Seat

Progress Illinois previews the 11th congressional district race between incumbent Democrat Bill Foster and Republican challenger State Rep. Darlene Senger.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:56pm
Wed Apr 23, 2014

Rand Paul Visits Chicago To Talk Politics, Education Reform (VIDEO)

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was in Chicago Tuesday to discuss politics and education reform at two events in the city. Progress Illinois recaps some of the highlights from the discussions. 

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
11:55am
Thu Mar 20, 2014

Lawmakers & Activists Call For An End To Deportations, Comprehensive Immigration Reform (VIDEO)

A 12 year-old girl from Kansas City travelled to Chicago on Wednesday to ask Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials why her father was “expeditiously” deported to Mexico in January.

“I just want my dad to come home,” said Nayelly Sandoval, whose father, Josue Sandoval, was deported to Mexico City on January 31 after living in the U.S. for more than 16 years as an undocumented immigrant.

Sandoval was arrested while he was working at a metal scrap yard in Kansas City and was deported about two weeks later, Nayelly said, adding that her father doesn’t have a criminal record.

Backed by immigration reform advocates, Nayelly visited the office of Ricardo Wong, director of ICE’s Chicago Field Office, on Wednesday with hopes that he would meet with her and investigate the circumstances of her father’s deportation. 

She says her father should not have been classified as “high priority” and alleges that ICE officials did not exercise prosecutorial discretion. Wong’s signature, Nayelly claims, appeared on her father’s deportation order.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
4:49pm
Tue Feb 18, 2014

Illinois Elected Officials Discuss The Benefits Of Passing Immigration Reform (VIDEO)

Immigration reform is not dead, according to a group of elected officials who on Tuesday met in Chicago to discuss the benefits of providing a streamlined path to citizenship for America’s more than 11 million undocumented immigrants.

“So many people in America feel that comprehensive immigration reform is dead, that somehow it doesn’t have any possibility of being enacted into law. And I think, if anything, our presence here on this panel this morning, says that it’s alive and well,” said U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D, IL-4). “The conversation is continuing.”

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
3:32pm
Wed Feb 5, 2014

Former House Speaker Hastert, Cardinal George Push For Immigration Reform

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Cardinal Francis George joined Illinois business leaders at a discussion in Chicago Tuesday afternoon to press House Republicans to pass immigration reform this year.

Hastert, a Republican who served as House speaker from 1999 to 2007, said immigration reform should accomplish two key goals. He says there should be a pathway to legalization and eventual citizenship for undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. The nation's borders also have to be deemed secure, and checkpoints need to be open and able to facilitate people coming in and out of the country, the former lawmaker said.

"Where are we today in Congress," he asked those at the event, hosted by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition. "Is there a possibility that we can do that? I think so. I am not going to name names, but I sat down with a couple of those [ House GOP] leaders within the last eight or nine months and talked about these issues, and I think there's an understanding, and I think it's time that we move forward."

Cardinal George, the archbishop of Chicago, joined Hastert in support of a pathway to citizenship. He also called on the federal government to halt deportations.

"We should end deportations because they break up families, and the family, not the individual, the family is the basic unit of our society," George told reporters in remarks after the event, held at DePaul University. "If you break up families deliberately, you're going to have a much weaker society, and besides, the human suffering of the children especially and also the spouse." 

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