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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Dec 19

Federal $10.10 Minimum Wage Would Benefit 25 Million Workers, Study Finds

More than 60 million people in working U.S. households rely on the income of a low-wage worker, 25 million of whom would benefit from a $10.10 an hour federal minimum wage, according to a new study. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the report's findings and who would be impacted by such a wage increase in Illinois.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Dec 17

Chicago Mayoral, 24th Ward Candidates Court West Side Voters At Local Forum

Chicago mayoral and 24th Ward aldermanic hopefuls spoke to West Side residents at a Tuesday night candidate forum. Progress Illinois was there for the event.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Dec 9

Experts: Bright Spots In 'Solid' November Jobs Report, But Economy Far From Full Recovery

Despite the rosy numbers reported in last week's November jobs report, which showed U.S. employers added 321,000 positions last month and average hourly wages went up slightly, experts say the economic recovery still has a long way to go. Progress Illinois provides reaction from economists and labor experts on last month's job and employment figures.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
Fri Dec 5

Housekeepers Protest Green Program At Chicago Hotels (VIDEO)

Hotel workers and their supporters protested outside downtown Chicago hotels Friday afternoon, alleging the "Make A Green Choice" program leads to fewer hours and intensified workloads for housekeepers.

"Many of my coworkers have gotten hurt... It's more work because we don't clean the room for three days," said Faviola Rivera, 31, a housekeeper at the Westin Chicago River North for more than eight years and mother of four children between the ages of 6 and 15.

Rivera was one of more than 100 people to protest Friday afternoon outside the Westin, Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, and W Chicago City Center, all of which are owned and operated by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. The protesters delivered letters to hotel management, calling for an end to Starwood Hotels' "Make a Green Choice" program.

The program, which was introduced in 2009, rewards hotel guests with $5 dining or bar vouchers or reward points in exchange for opting out of housekeeping. In doing so, the company claims the hotels use less water, energy and resources.