Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announced that his administration will pump $2.5 million into homeless services in Chicago. "Plan 2.0", as it is being called, will see the city invest in outreach services, job preparation and placement opportunities, as well as supportive housing. The money comes from "existing city funds," and will come at "no additional cost to taxpayers," according to a press release.
Chicago-area unemployment dropped in July, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security. Unemployment in Chicagoland was down to 9.2 percent in July, from 10.8 percent in June.
About half of city workers have joined Mayor Emanuel's municipal wellness program, which is aimed at saving the city $20 million in health care costs. Employees have the option of joining Emanuel's "Wellness program", or seeing a $50 increase in their health care premium. Annually, $500 million is spent on health care for city workers, about 10 percent of the city's budget. What's more, four percent of the city's workforce makes up 60 percent of that annual expense.
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is refusing to change her position against revamping drug laws, especially as they relate to possession of small amounts of marijuana. She reiterated this position Wednesday, a day after stating that the late former President Ronald Reagan "deserves a special place in hell" for his role in the war on drugs. She later said she regretted making that comment, but maintains the war on drugs has had disproportionately negative impacts on minorities.
Chicago's seven city colleges will offer discounted online college courses as part of Mayor Emanuel's "College-to-Careers" program. The program will allow students to earn online Bachelor's degrees while paying only a portion of the tuition. The discounted courses are being offered for nursing, transportation and logistics, health care, aviation, information technology, hospitality and professional services.
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