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Grassroots Collaborative Response to Mayor Emanuel’s Budget Address

Chicago, IL – The following is a statement from Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative on Mayor Emanuel’s budget address. “Today’s budget address shows Mayor Emanuel’s continued commitment to policies that have failed Chicago’s families as he continues to prioritize the interests of city elites over those of working families. The Mayor has continued […]

Illinois Trust Act Becomes Law

On Monday, the Illinois Trust Act, a bill to create better relations between the immigrant and law enforcement became law. It is refreshing to see a bill that benefits Illinois being passed without the need for a veto override. Congratulations to the campaign for a #WelcomingIL and everybody who went down to fight for this bill with us as […]

Governor’s $15 Veto Will Hold Back Economy and Increase Economic Inequality in Illinois

Chicago, IL – On Friday, Governor Rauner vetoed SB 81, which would have gradually raised the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. Grassroots Collaborative is a labor-community coalition representing tens of thousands of Illinois low-income families whose lives and communities would have greatly benefited from the passage of SB 81. The following […]

Finally. Statement on Override of Governor Rauner’s Budget Veto

Chicago, IL – Today, the Illinois House joined the Senate in overriding Governor Rauner’s veto of the state budget giving the state its first budget in years. The following is a statement from Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative. “Finally, state legislators have pushed aside Rauner’s obstructionism to pass a state budget. Community residents […]

Grassroots Collaborative is Hiring

We are excited to announce that Grassroots Collaborative is hiring for 2 positions. We are eager to fill these positions as soon as possible, and appreciate your help spreading the word! Grassroots Collaborative is an equal-opportunity employer.  People of color strongly encouraged to apply.  For consideration, send a resume, cover letter, and three references to […]

People’s Agenda Update

Springfield ended their regular legislative session – once again without a budget in place. But instead of packing up and going home for the summer, they are going into overtime. This means that there is still time to win the fully-funded budget that our communities deserve. But that’s not all we’ll be fighting for. In […]

IL Senate Passes Illinois Trust Act

On Thursday, the Illinois Trust Act passed out of the Illinois Senate with a  31-21 vote. From Illinois Patch: The Illinois Senate passed a bill aimed at encouraging cooperation between undocumented immigrants and state law enforcement agencies while discouraging unwarranted cooperation between federal immigration. The Trust Act, sponsored by Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago), passed 31-21 […]

Illinois Dems Target Carried Interest Loophole

Legislation addressing the so-called “carried interest loophole” is gaining momentum in Illinois after the release of data finding the measure would generate $473 million for the cash-starved state. Grassroots Collaborative, a coalition of labor unions and human service organizations, April 19 touted passage of a new privilege tax on private equity firms, hedge funds and […]