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Following Trump’s Lead, Rauner Protects Wealthy Money Managers in Budget Address


On Wednesday, Governor Rauner delivered his fourth budget address which was long on rhetoric, but short on solutions. The following is a statement from Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative. “Today, Governor Rauner again failed to present a budget proposal that would lead Illinois towards stability and prosperity for all. Instead, he proposed that […]

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We Are Growing – Peoria People’s Project Launches New Phase


Exciting news! We are expanding. It is no secret that Trump and Rauner are trying to divide our communities – pitting Chicago against the rest of the state, parents against teachers, and neighbor against neighbor. They want to keep our attention on our differences instead of the struggles that we all share. That’s why the work of Grassroots […]

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Good Jobs Chicago

Clergy, community, and labor have come together to assert that Chicagoresidents need good jobs with living wages.  Good jobs are key to enable hard-working people to care for their families and lift themselves out of poverty.  We believe no one should work a full-time job and still be poor.

Many claim the recession is over, but Chicago’s families continue to struggle.  People on Main Street continue to suffer layoffs and high unemployment.  11.2% of city residents are currently unemployed.  Black communities face almost double the rate of unemployment as Whites. Latinos are disproportionally impacted as well.

In addition, Chicagoans that are able to work full-time minimum wage jobs earn only $16,640.  That still is $5,410 under the poverty level for a family of four.

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