Report: Income Inequality Is Worse For Black Workers Today Than In 1979

Racial wage gaps are wider today than in 1979 due largely to discrimination and growing income inequality, according to new research from the Economic Policy Institute.

The average wage gap between black and white workers was 18.1 percent in 1979, with the gap widening to 26.7 percent in 2015, the left-leaning think tank reports.

Rutgers University economist William M. Rodgers III co-authored the report with Valerie Wilson, director of EPI's Program on Race, Ethnicity and the Economy.

"We've found that racial wage gaps are growing primarily due to discrimination -- and other unmeasured and unobserved characteristics-- along with rising inequality in general," Rodgers said. 

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Chicago's Korean American Community Expresses Condemnation Of North Korea's Nuclear Testing

Korean Americans from the Chicago region rallied Friday morning to "strongly denounce and condemn" North Korea's nuclear testing.

Members of the National Unification Advisory Council - Chicago Chapter (NUAC-Chicago) organized the demonstration in front of Chicago's iconic Wrigley Building on Michigan Avenue.

They toted signs that read "Stop all nuclear arms development and missile testing immediately," "Restore human rights and freedom to North Korean citizens immediately" and "UN and international community must install tougher sanctions against North Korean government." 

About 50 NUAC-Chicago members spoke out against North Korea's fifth and most powerful nuclear test, which was conducted on September 9.

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Human Services Advocates Urge Rauner To Protect Food Stamp Eligibility For 259,000 Illinoisans (VIDEO)

Human services advocates are pressing Gov. Bruce Rauer to renew a federal waiver that would allow 259,000 Illinoisans to remain eligible for food stamps.

The Alliance for Community Services demonstrated at the Thompson Center Thursday afternoon in a call for the governor to take action and stop federal limits from being imposed on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

At issue is the federal government's three-month limit on SNAP benefits for jobless, able-bodied adults without dependents. Under the rule, such people cannot have SNAP benefits for more than three months over a three-year period. 

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Refugee Resettlement Surges In Chicago, Local Experts Say

The number of people seeking sanctuary in the Chicago area is growing significantly, according to a local agency that helps refugees resettle in the city.

"Right now, we are experiencing a really crazy surge in arrivals," Lea Tienou told an audience of college students as well as immigrant and refugee service providers and advocates.

Tienou is associate director of refugee family adjustment and employment services at the Heartland Alliance. She spoke Monday afternoon at DePaul University's Loop campus as part of a panel discussion about the global refugee crisis. 

The Heartland Alliance typically sees about 20 refugees per month, Tienou explained. Just in the last month, however, 100 refugees came to the agency, and 90 more are expected to seek assistance from the Heartland Alliance in September.

"It's been a really busy time, and this is throughout the country that we're seeing a really large influx of arrivals," she said. 

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