Posts tagged "unemployment"

Taxpayers have spent more money incarcerating people than educating them in areas impacted by school closings

No other school district in the country has attempted to do what Chicago Public Schools is planning to do this fall: close more than one in 10 school buildings, the vast majority of them in African-American communities. “With CPS losing enrollment, officials insist that the closings are needed to ‘right-size’ the district, to save money... Read more »

Labor fights back from one-two punch

Labor fights back from one-two punch
The numbers say it all. The unionized workforce has shrunk  because manufacturing jobs have been going overseas and the job growth in sectors like retail and service, where there are few unions. Organized labor has tried to reverse the trend. The unions’ methods range from welcoming immigrant workers into their ranks to having large demonstrations when state... Read more »

Sen. Jacqueline Collins on Springfield, race and Obama

Sen. Jacqueline Collins on Springfield, race and Obama
If you ride the 79th street bus, heading west from the Red Line, you pass empty lots, run-down strip malls and boarded-up Pentecostal churches that have seen more worshipful days. But then you get to a small oasis of activity–a Walgreens, a Chase bank, a beauty salon and a steady hum of foot traffic despite the cold.... Read more »
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11 facts on how Chicago is doing with jobs, income, health and poverty

2011 may be so last year, but the facts about how we lived are just rolling in. Here are eleven about Chicago’s economy in 2011.    

Race, poverty and politics: Unemployment down; Chicago to invest in homeless outreach; Preckwinkle still supports drug law changes

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... Read more »

Barber Shop Show preview: Should Illinois expand gambling?

Barber Shop Show preview: Should Illinois expand gambling?
If you’re waiting for new casinos to open up in the Prairie State, Governor Quinn has a message for you: “Don’t hold your breath.” Even thought the Illinois general assembly passed a bill that would create five new casinos and allow slot machines at racetracks, it’s not likely to be signed into law. But advocates... Read more »
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Barber Shop Show preview: North Lawndale rising

Barber Shop Show preview: North Lawndale rising
This week on the Barber Shop Show we’re going hyper-local: we’re taking a close look at the neighborhood that surrounds Carter’s Barber Shop – the neighborhood of North Lawndale. North Lawndale has a tough reputation in the city, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s been called “an industrial slum without industry.” Poverty, violence... Read more »

Illinois may kick families off welfare after three years

What happens to a poor family when they get kicked off welfare? 3,000 Illinois families may find out as of July 1st if the state goes ahead with its proposal to cut the budget by reducing the time limit for receiving cash assistance from five years to just three. It’s a way to save money... Read more »

Barber Shop Show preview: Bill seeks to seal criminal records to prevent "permanent underclass"

Barber Shop Show preview: Bill seeks to seal criminal records to prevent "permanent underclass"
While working with ex-offenders as an attorney in North Lawndale, Melissa L. Williams was continually frustrated. Many of the individuals she saw in front of her day in and day out were looking for jobs and the economic security that came with it, but had criminal records that, once discovered, became barriers to employment. “We... Read more »
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Another state decides to drug test the downtrodden

Add one more to the ranks of states that are slated to start drug testing recipients of public assistance. A South Carolina Senate panel has approved legislation that would drug test applicants for unemployment benefits and require them to do at least 16 hours a week of community service. A Mississippi state senator is also... Read more »