The public can weigh in on a draft water discharge permit for the proposed "Bulldog Mine" in eastern Illinois during a Wednesday evening hearing hosted by the state's Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
Illinois "Moral Monday" activists protested for a "fair and just" state budget in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood and outside the Lincoln Park home of a top campaign donor for Gov. Bruce Rauner. Progress Illinois was there for the Monday evening demonstration.
Gov. Bruce Rauner is a "budget bully," according to a group of child care advocates and Illinois legislators who rallied in Chicago on Monday against the state's ongoing budget impasse and changes to the state's Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP).
"Ladies and gentlemen, this governor is out of control," said state Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago). "There are certain things that you're not supposed to mess with. You're not supposed to mess with my child."
Flowers joined other members of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus and Child Care Advocates United, an association of about 300 Illinois child care providers, at a rally outside of the Thompson Center at 100 W. Randolph St.
As they called on Rauner to find additional revenue to pass a balanced budget, the ralliers decried new CCAP eligibility requirements that went into effect after the state entered the 2016 fiscal year on July 1 without a spending plan.
Chicago Access Network Television (CAN-TV) workers will continue their push for unionization, with Tuesday being a critical day in their drive for representation thanks to a scheduled National Labor Relations Board election.
CAN-TV employees are looking to unionize due to low wages, complaints about working conditions and hours, as well as "feeling disrespct[ed] and marginaliz[ed] by management," according to an announcement.
At a recent press conference and rally, CAN-TV executive director Barbara Popovic gave a statement on behalf of the cable public access television station.
"CAN-TV recognizes the rights of our employees to hold an election, and as an employer we will not take any action to interfere with those fundamental rights," Popovic said.