Fast food workers and their supporters protested at Chicago's Rock N' Roll McDonald's on Saturday afternoon to call out a restaurant manager who allegedly told an employee to "put a bullet" in her head.
Members of the Workers Organizing Committee of Chicago (WOCC) and the Fight for 15 campaign staged the demonstration to coincide with International Women's Day.
In a press release, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced on Friday that the district has seen a 36 percent decrease in out-of-school suspensions since the 2010-2011 school year.
Earlier this month, the Obama administration rolled out new school discipline guidelines that call on educators to abandon harsh policies, like suspensions and expulsions, for minor infractions that disproportionately impact minorities and those with disabilities. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the non-binding recommendations.
A few hundred public education activists took to City Hall and the
Thompson Center Monday evening to deliver their holiday list of demands
as well as lumps of coal and candy canes to the offices of naughty and nice elected officials. Progress Illinois was there for the protest.
Hundreds demonstrated outside Walmart stores across the country on Black Friday to protest what they say are “poverty
wages” and poor working conditions for workers of the retail giant. Organizers with the group OUR Walmart say more than 110 people were arrested at various Black Friday demonstrations in
cities across the country, according to the protest organizers, in cities including Sacramento, St. Paul, Seattle and
Chicago. In total, demonstrations took place in 46 states across the
“We cannot wait any longer. That’s why I’m standing up
today – for my coworkers, my family and my community,” said Myron Bird, a
worker from Walmart’s Lakeview location in Chicago. Bird was arrested
with nine others at the Chicago store for participating in civil
disobedience and blocking the street.
The rights of pregnant and parenting students in Illinois are often
overlooked, and more supports need to be in place to ensure the youth reach
their full academic potential, school officials and adolescent health advocates said at a town hall meeting on the topic in Chicago.
The meeting, hosted by the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health's (ICAH) School Network, follows recently-released guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) on strategies meant to support the academic success
of pregnant and parenting students under Title IX. The department's
optional recommendations issued in June were prepared for secondary school
administrators, teachers, counselors, parents and students.
Executive Director Yamani Hernandez said a "blanket of shame" still shrouds many young people who are pregnant or parenting and, "That’s really a
barrier to their success."
group of Chicago clergy leaders gathered with Walmart employees and
their supporters Wednesday, calling on the mega retailer to improve
work conditions and provide better wages so its workers do not have to rely on public assistance programs to cover their basic needs.
a news conference outside a Chatham neighborhood Walmart, pastor
Walter Turner with the New Spiritual Light Missionary Baptist Church on
the South Side said the community will not tolerate the world's largest
retailer "pimping the employees."
"Walmart workers deserve to be
treated with dignity and respect," he said. "They deserve better working
conditions which ensure they earn at least $25,000 a year, so they can
take care of their family and not have to rely upon taxpayer dollars to