On July 18, Marriott announced it would stop using plastic straws across its properties over the next year, becoming the latest company to do so in recent weeks. While these types of policies can have unintended negative consequences, as Chicago learned from a past attempt to ban plastic bags, they also serve to surface deeper issues that can lead to more effective future interventions.
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A US appeals court ruled on April 10 that women can’t be paid less than men due to salary history, and many states, including Illinois, are pursuing legislation that would bar employers from considering prior salary altogether. These types of oft-overlooked mechanisms can reinforce existing power structures, and dismantling this one will hopefully help to address the gender wage gap.
The League of Women Voters formed in Chicago on February 14, 1920, six months before the 19th Amendment legalized women’s suffrage. While it began as an effort to “help 20 million women carry out their new responsibilities as voters,” the League quickly began to advocate on a number of other important issues, ranging from voting rights to environmental protection.
On behalf of ComEd, The Chicago Community Trust has issued a request for proposals to help build a job training pipeline program to meet the anticipated demand for an expanded and qualified solar PV installation workforce. Signed into law last year, the Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act is expected to drive a significant increase in solar installation across the state. But what does the Future Energy Jobs Act even mean?Read More