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by Ellyn Fortino
4:22pm
Tue Jun 7

Former Illinois Governor Calls For Compromise In Springfield As Budget Impasse Continues

With the state budget stalemate nearing the one-year mark, former Illinois Republican Gov. Jim Edgar made a plea Tuesday for "civility," "compromise" and "compassion" in Springfield.

Speaking in Chicago, Edgar said the "best public policy comes out of compromise," explaining that "you can't get things done if you're not willing to meet your adversaries halfway."

"We ought to have checks and balances, but we shouldn't have shouting matches," he added at the "Illinois: Vision for the Future" event, hosted by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform at the Standard Club.

Edgar, who became governor in 1991 and served two terms, said Illinois is currently in the "worst shape" he seen over the 50 years he's been around state government.

"We have so many people out there hurting because government's not solving the problem," he stressed. 

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
1:40pm
Thu Jun 2

Chicago Aldermen, Advocates Denounce Consolidation Plans For City Colleges Child Development Program

A coalition of early childhood education advocates spoke out Thursday morning against plans at the City Colleges of Chicago to consolidate child development programs to a single location at Harry Truman College in the North Side Uptown neighborhood.

Four Chicago aldermen joined the advocates at a morning press conference before the City Colleges Board of Trustees meeting. Coalition members, including representatives from the Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU* Healthcare Illinois, said consolidating the educational programs could adversely affect early childhood education students living on the city's South and West Sides, where several programs are closing.

"This will have an enormous hardship on students trying to get to the North Side. It will devastate these programs, and it will take needed support services out of these communities," said Tony Johnston, president of the Cook County College Teachers Union, which represents full-time faculty and other City Colleges staffers. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:44pm
Thu Apr 28

Cook County Officials Press For Action On Youth Unemployment To Combat Chicago Violence

At a state hearing Thursday, Cook County commissioners urged for action on youth unemployment policies to help address gun violence in Chicago.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
9:47pm
Thu Apr 21

U Of C Officials Discuss Trauma Care, Hospital Expansion At Community Forum

Progress Illinois provides coverage from the University of Chicago Medicine's community forum about its plans to increase access to emergency, trauma and specialty care on the South Side. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:40pm
Wed Apr 13

Chicago City Council Roundup: Aldermen Confirm Top Cop, Push For Paid Sick Days

From police oversight to paid sick days, Progress Illinois rounds up highlights from Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting.

Quick Hit
by Michael Joyce
3:45pm
Mon Feb 22

Candlelight Vigil Held For Several Hundred Jobs Lost & In Peril In Chicago

A warm atmosphere contrasted the cold weather as demonstrators gathered to chant, cheer, and shout in defiance of Mondelez International, one of the world's largest snack companies, Sunday evening.

At times it was difficult to hear the organizers speaking over the sounds of the crowd cheering and passing cars beeping on the corner of 73rd and Kedzie Ave., where a candlelight vigil was held directly across the street from the Nabisco factory, which is owned by Mondelez International.

Last year, Mondelez told employees that the company would be relocating much of the production work to Salinas, Mexico.

So far 227 employees have received layoff notices as a result of the company closing nine of the bakery's sixteen production lines. Additionally, Mondelez is contemplating the opening of four new lines in Mexico, which would result in a total loss of 600 jobs in Chicago.

Barbara Cimbalista, an employee of Mondelez International, says she was told by management that if they want to keep their jobs, they need to be able to compete with Mexico.

"I said, 'how do you expect us to compete with Mexico when they get $3 an hour, and we get $25 an hour,'" asked Cimbalista. "They said cut wages and benefits. I said 'no, I don't think so.'"

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:44pm
Fri Jan 29

After U Of C Trauma Center Announcement, Activists Talk Next Steps

Community organizers scored a major victory last month when the University of Chicago Medicine announced plans to reopen a Level 1 adult trauma center at its Hyde Park campus. Progress Illinois looks at what comes next for the project and the activists who led the five-year trauma center campaign.

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