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As new guest worker visa is proposed, report shows poor state of farm workers’ health

As new guest worker visa is proposed, report shows poor state of farm workers’ health
They pick the oranges that we eat to stave off a cold and the tomatoes in our sandwiches and salads. But their occupation is less likely to have health care coverage than any other major category. Seventy-five percent of farm workers in the United States don’t have health insurance, making them “by every measure …... Read more »

Drivers license legislation heads to Gov. Pat Quinn for signature

Drivers license legislation heads to Gov. Pat Quinn for signature
For hundreds of thousands of people in Illinois, getting behind the wheel just got a little less scary. The Illinois House has passed legislation that will allow an estimated 250,000 undocumented immigrants get a valid drivers license. The vote on Tuesday was followed by applause and celebratory shouts, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.  “This is... Read more »

News Roundup: Chicago Inspector General makes controversial cost-cutting suggestions

In a recent report, Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson suggested that the city cut several programs and subsidies to make up for the city’s billion dollar budget shortfall. Some service cuts could include free sewer service for senior citizens and subsidized water and sewer usage by certain nonprofit organizations. Other recommendations include cutting quarterly stipends... Read more »
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News Roundup: States launch inquiry into foreclosure crisis

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have launched a joint probe into the country’s mortgage lenders as new data show that banks across the United States repossessed a record number of homes in September. The probe was launched after allegations that some mortgage servicers have been signing off on thousands of foreclosure documents... Read more »

News Roundup: McDonald's considers health care insurance cuts for hourly workers

Nearly 30,000 McDonald’s wage workers may lose their insurance benefits if federal regulators do not agree to waive a provision of the new heath care legislation. The stipulation under question forces companies that offer “mini-med” insurance plans to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on medical costs. In a memo to federal regulators, the... Read more »

News Roundup: Illinois about to get big bill

Illinois will soon have to pay the interest on the $2.2 billion borrowed from the federal government to replenish a depleted Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund. The $250 million interest payment is due in the next 15 months, and is just one in a backlog of unpaid state bills and pension obligations. While the borrowing has... Read more »
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