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by Aaron Cynic
4:00pm
Tue Sep 30, 2014

Nuns On The Bus Rally With Quinn To Promote Voter Participation

A group of traveling Catholic nuns passed through Chicago's Union Park in West Town last week to pass along a key message — get out and vote.

Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, led the the “We the People, We the Voters” tour, which is traveling to 36 cities as part of its voter registration effort. The nuns, who have done similar bus tours in 2012 and 2013, say voting is the best way Americans can create social change and counter big money in politics.

“The way we make our voice heard, the way we make sure good policy for the 100 percent (is) made is by voting,” Campbell said. “We the people need to stand up, vote and be engaged.”

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
7:28pm
Thu Sep 18, 2014

Chicago Activists Press Alds. Cappleman, O'Connor To Support $15 Minimum Wage (VIDEO)

While working roughly 60 hours a week at two jobs, Ovadhwah McGee says he lives paycheck to paycheck and struggles to pay his bills each month.

McGee, a single father living in the South Side Woodlawn neighborhood with his 13-year-old son, said he works as an in-home care worker and a certified nursing assistant, making an hourly wage of $12.35 and $13.50, respectively.

“I need to be able to put food on my table without having to go to food pantries. I need to be able to work one job so I can actually spend time with my son,” he said, adding that he can’t afford to get his car fixed and thus spends two hours on public transit every day to get to and from work.

“I’m here fighting for a $15 minimum wage in the city of Chicago because I need it, because my son needs it and because working families across the city need it,” McGee said.

McGee and roughly two-dozen protesters, members of the Raise Chicago coalition, rallied to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 per hour Thursday morning. The ralliers called on two Chicago aldermen — Alds. Patrick O’Connor (40th) and James Cappleman (46th) — to support their cause by protesting outside of their offices. The activists also demonstrated outside of a North Side McDonald’s restaurant.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
3:55pm
Mon Aug 18, 2014

CPS Students Call For An Elected School Board, Adequate School Funding (VIDEO)

About 100 members of the Chicago Students Union and their allies marched in support of an elected school board and adequate neighborhood school funding during a downtown protest Monday afternoon. Progress Illinois was there for the demonstration.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
4:36pm
Thu Aug 7, 2014

Chicago Activists Call On Ald. Burns To Support A $15 Minimum Wage (VIDEO)

Community activists protested outside Ald. Will Burns’ (4th) office Thursday morning, calling on the South Side alderman to support a $15 minimum wage in Chicago.

“We are tired of politicians, like Will Burns, ignoring the voice of the people,” said Adeline Bracey, a member of Action Now.

Bracey was one of roughly 50 protesters to march outside Burns’ Bronzeville neighborhood office, at 435 E. 35th St., chanting, “What do we want? $15! When do we want it? Now!” The state of Illinois’ minimum wage is $8.25, while the federal minimum is $7.25.

Quick Hit
by Anthony Burke Boylan
3:15pm
Mon Aug 4, 2014

Guzzardi Mobilizes Volunteers To Gin Up Support For Minimum Wage Increase

Saturday afternoon was a gorgeous summer day — a little on the warm side for some — and retired Skokie high school teacher Evie Raffanti spent some time ringing doorbells in Logan Square to drum up support for an increase in the minimum wage.

“If you want me to speak frankly, I’m just really pissed off,’’ said Raffanti about what motivated her to spend her Saturday out talking to people about the issue. “How in the world can you live on $17,000 a year?’’

The figure she cited is about what a minimum wage earner makes in a year.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
7:08pm
Wed Jul 30, 2014

Chicago City Council Roundup: Minimum Wage Bump, Phone Tax Hike & New Moratorium

Progress Illinois provides highlights from Wednesday's jam-packed Chicago City Council meeting.

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