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Thu Feb 27, 2014

Guest Post: Tell Kirk, Other Senators: Support Unemployed Workers, Restore Jobless Benefits

This post is written by Mike Hall, senior writer with the AFL-CIO.

In the past few weeks, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) has shown a lot of love and respect for the 11 Illinois residents who recently competed for the United States at the Winter Olympic Games. Check out his Facebook page.  But, as many people who have left their comments there say, it’s time for Kirk to show some of the same respect and compassion for the state’s more than 99,000 jobless workers who lost their emergency unemployment benefits in December.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Jan 24, 2014

Schneider, Jobless Illinoisans Urge Congress To Extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance

    The notion that unemployment benefits are a disincentive to look for work is both false and misguided, U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL,10) said at a discussion Friday in Lake County about the need to extend emergency unemployment insurance.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Jan 17, 2014

Foster Joins Jobless Illinoisans In Call For Unemployment Benefits Extension

    Unemployment insurance is not a handout — it's a hand up — for workers who have lost their jobs, stressed U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL, 11) and jobless Illinois residents at a roundtable discussion Friday.

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Wed Nov 6, 2013

Letter To The Editor - Let’s Be Honest: Cutting Food Assistance Increases Hunger

The following Letter To The Editor was submitted by the Economic Justice Team (Dan Lesser, Lena Silver, Kali Grant) at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

Last week the Illinois Watchdog published an article that trivialized the effects of the Nov. 1 SNAP benefit cuts, stating they were “neither a surprise nor a problem.”  The article propagates myths about the program and misses the larger point about the hunger crisis in this country: the USDA estimates that 49 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members, a number that will increase as a result of these cuts.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Wed Jun 12, 2013

Aging Workforce Does Not Negatively Impact Productivity, But Does Hurt Young Workers

Contrary to popular belief, an increase in the proportion of older employees in America’s workforce has not led to a deterioration of productivity, according to a recent study from the Brookings Institution.

“A lot of people feel or suspect that aging workers are more fragile, not as up to date technologically, are slower to learn, and therefore may be less productive than younger workers,” said Gray Burtless, an economist with the Brookings Institution and author of the report. “But recent years have seen a sharp increase in an older workforce, and it has not had an adverse impact on productivity.”