Posts tagged "income inequality"

What's Up This Week: Teacher strike continues, Occupy Chicago anniversary, and a rally against mass incarceration

What's Up This Week: Teacher strike continues, Occupy Chicago anniversary, and a rally against mass incarceration
Here’s a glimpse of what’s going on around Chicago this week: Teachers Still On Strike Chicago public school teachers are back on the picket lines as the strike heads into its second school week. Union president Karen Lewis said the strike would continue at least until Tuesday and that delegates voted overwhelmingly to take 24... Read more »

Did inequality create our deficit?

Yesterday, we examined seven ways to measure social inequality–how far the poorest of the poor are from the richest of the rich, and what share of the economy everyone in-between holds. By every measure, the United States has been becoming more unequal in the last 30 years. During this time, we’ve also seen mounting deficits.... Read more »

Seven ways of measuring the gap between the rich, the poor and the middle-class

Seven ways of measuring the gap between the rich, the poor and the middle-class
The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer. At least that’s what’s been happening in the American economy lately, according to the experts. And it’s not just manipulative statistics, either. Today, courtesy of Georgetown University law professor Stephen Cohen, we bring you seven ways of measuring income inequality. But no matter which way you... Read more »
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Got a disability? You'll see the difference in your paycheck

A lot of people might assume that if you have a disability, you might not make as much money as someone without a disability. But how much less? How hard is it for people with disabilities in Illinois to get by compared to their neighbors? Well, it depends on where you work. That’s what The... Read more »

Can education end poverty?

The Midwest has taken a beating lately. Think national poverty rates are high? Midwestern rates are eight  times higher, says a Heartland Alliance analysis. Illinois isn’t an exception. In 2009, while the national unemployment rate hovered around 9.3 percent, ours hit 10.1. Over the last decade, unemployment rates in Illinois grew 129 percent. It’s probably... Read more »