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Marching for a Better IllinoisMay 16, 2017
Starting this week, a diverse group of Illinoisans is marching 200 miles from Chicago to Springfield to demand a state budget that puts the people and the planet first. This march is most obviously a reaction to the current budget crisis that began on July 1, 2015. However, it’s part of a much longer struggle over the revenues and investments we chose to make in the state, and it affirms our need for a transformative, sustainable agenda for a better Illinois.
Starting in the 1990s, Illino…
Learn More » Immigrant Entrepreneurship Drives Business Creation, Creates OpportunitiesFebruary 15, 2017
[Immigrants] are more than twice as likely to start businesses as their native-born counterparts. They are responsible for over a quarter of all new business formation--and new businesses have been the only source of net job creation in this country for the past 30 years. – Time Magazine Since moving people out of poverty through employment depends upon access to quality jobs, CJC pays close attention to policymaker perspectives on the dynamics of job creation. We have been troubled by the lim
Learn More » Federal Policy Change Could Negatively Impact SNAPJanuary 23, 2017 Earlier in January, the Chicago Tribune ran an article about big potential changes coming to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and how they could drastically change the face of food access in Illinois.
While nothing has been confirmed, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has proposed the possibility of block-granting SNAP, which would mean sending fixed sums to each state annually. Block-granting would fundamentally alter the struct
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