Posts tagged "middle class"

Illinois pension debate overlooks role of public-sector jobs in sustaining the middle class

Illinois pension debate overlooks role of public-sector jobs in sustaining the middle class
Pensions have become a thorny and contentious issue in Illinois.  The state has the worst funded pension liability in the country, with only 24 percent of the money it promised retirees available, according to State Budget Solutions, a national research group. Gov. Pat Quinn, who gets much of the blame for the crisis, even tried... Read more »

For every additional dollar a middle-class Chicago family makes, they're now facing an extra $2 in housing and transit costs

For every additional dollar a middle-class Chicago family makes, they're now facing an extra $2 in housing and transit costs
Everyone needs a place to live. And a job so they can pay for that place to live, and a way to get from where they live to where they work. But what if the cost of where you live and how you get to work is outpacing how much you earn on the job?... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Obama returns to Chicago, Emanuel's report card and the Englewood Film Festival

What's Up This Week: Obama returns to Chicago, Emanuel's report card and the Englewood Film Festival
Obama Comes Home. President Barack Obama will be in town on Thursday to cast his ballot in early voting. First Lady Michelle Obama mailed in her absentee ballot last week. It’s all part of the Obama campaign’s push to get people to vote early, especially in key battleground states. Struggling Middle Class. The Chicago Reporter... Read more »
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Race, poverty and politics: Obama halts deportations; Rahm backs decriminalizing small amounts of pot; CTU vote means hot summer ahead; Cook to boost set-asides

President Obama bypassed Congress Friday and announced the U.S. will stop deporting undocumented immigrants who are currently under 30 years old, who came to the U.S. before they turned 16 and have lived here at least five years. To be eligible, they also can’t have a criminal record, have earned a high school diploma or... Read more »

Race and poverty roundup: US citizen deported, the rise of class consciousness and a controversial 'Avoid Ghetto' app

What’s moving in the world of race and poverty, on Chicago Muckrakers weekly. A U.S. teen mistakenly deported to Colombia brings a hailstorm of criticism to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A stressful early childhood can have long-reaching effects, says Nicholas Kristof in The New York Times, so we should look for a poverty solution... 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 »
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