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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Aug 25

Chicago Activists Seek Justice For Michael Brown, Speak Out Against Police Violence (VIDEO)

About 50 activists rallied outside of the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago Monday morning to call for justice in the death of Michael Brown.

The Chicago-based community group ONE Northside held the protest as part of a national day of action for Brown — an unarmed black 18- year-old who was fatally shot on August 9 by a white Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

In addition to ONE Northside, National People's Action affiliates in six other states, including Missouri, Nevada and Ohio, demonstrated on Monday, the same day Brown's funeral was held in St. Louis. Read more »

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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Jul 29

EPA Holds 'Clean Power' Hearings; Poll Finds Climate Change To Be A Hot Topic For Minority Voters

A new poll shows that minority voters in key battleground states view climate change as a "high-profile issue" and will be more likely to back candidates who support efforts to combat the problem. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the implications of the the poll's findings as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency holds public hearings in four cities this week on its proposed plan to cut carbon emissions.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Jul 10

Report: Give Tipped Workers The Regular Minimum Wage

Millions of tipped workers in the United States who face high poverty rates and other challenges would fare better if they earned the same government-mandated hourly minimum wage as non-tipped employees, according to a new Economic Policy Institute report. Progress Illinois takes a look at the report's findings and recommendations.