Real places. Real people. Real stories. 1 in 3 people in Illinois lives in or on the brink of poverty. As a part of it ongoing mission to cut extreme poverty in the state of Illinois, the Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty held meetings across the state to hear real stories from real citizens about the impact of poverty on their lives. Read their latest report on poverty in Illinois and learn what we can do about it at www.poverty.illinois.gov or www.heartlandalliance.org/policy-and-advocacy/ . Get the latest updates on the progress we’re making in the fight to end poverty in Illinois and learn what you can do to help, follow @HeartlandPolicy on Twitter or like Heartland Alliance Policy & Advocacy on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HeartlandAlliancePolicy.Advocacy
In Chicago, the Commission heard extensive testimony about the numerous barriers people face when searching for work. This includes stigma surrounding formerly incarcerated individuals, people of color, and young people. Job training and other programs play a vital role in assisting those who face such barriers, but these programs are threatened by looming budget cuts. Many Chicagoans also find themselves the victim of predatory lending practices and residents cited the lack of parks and recreation areas for young people in poor neighborhoods.
More info on Poverty is Real: Chicago, Illinois Speaks Out
Poverty is Real: Chicago, Illinois Speaks Out - BingNews
Zanies closed by stricter COVID rules: The latest coronavirus entertainment news in Chicago
The coronavirus has affected everything, including the world of entertainment. From businesses closing to events going digital, Chicago is learning how to deal with the changes and loses due to ...
Halloween events, loud music, and mascot run-ins
Loud music! I highlighted the art from Riot Fest’s upcoming Halloween special shows on my Gig Poster of the Week column this week: two drive-in screenings of classic seasonal movies paired with ...
Arena Stage returns to live performances with an outdoor production of the rousing ‘Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak on It!’
Faye Butler was unfazed during Arena’s Stage outdoor production this week of “Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak on It!,” in which she plays the titular voting rights activist. As the chopper above the Wharf’s ...
Don’t kid yourself: The so-called ‘Fair Tax’ will lead to a tax hike for working people like me
I am a nurse. And I am grateful that leading opponents of the tax, like Ken Griffin, are standing up for people like me.
Mothers are being driven out of the workforce in droves by the pandemic
Women make up high percentages of workers in industries hard-hit by the pandemic, such as hospitality, child care and travel.
Queen Naija Is Your Relatable R&B Star
Queen Naija first broke out because of a breakup. The YouTuber-turned-R&B-sensation turned many heads with 2018’s “Medicine” and “Karma,” two anthemic and achy tracks meant to explain to her audience ...
Cordoba Fight State-Sanctioned Violence With Experimental Jazz in ‘Specter’
Cordoba fight state-sanctioned violence with experimental jazz in Specter, their sweeping, soulful new album. It’s the Chicago sextet’s debut full-length ...
Can Trump hold key Midwest counties he flipped from Obama? It’s harder with Biden on the ballot
He recalled his own version of the dream realized, noting how he was raised in “abject rural poverty by a single mother” and dropped out of high school ... a graduate of Eastern Illinois University ...
Study: LGB Republicans less connected to LGBT community than LGB Democrats
Undocumented LGBTQ+ activists speak on importance of voting ... LGBTQAs plan "Get Out The Vote" event for Michigan candidate 2020-10-22 --From a press release - Chicago, IL — Members of Chicagoland's ...
Italian ‘security consultant’ freed from jail until Vatican extradition request decided
An Italian woman under investigation by Vatican authorities for suspected embezzlement was released from a jail in Milan on Friday, as she awaits a decision on the Vatican’s extradition request. A ...
Opportunity zones offer solid path to economic recovery
It is critical that we not overlook an economic development tool fueled by private capital that is well-positioned to help us pursue shared goals: opportunity zones. The opportunity zones tax ...
‘Speak Out’ reader opinion: Pandemic’s impact on businesses a concern
Please include “speak out” in the subject line. Fight gov on shutdowns: I’m very worried with J.B. Pritzker closing more businesses again. Many businesses have closed for good. People are losing jobs ...