Entries by GRCAdmin

Bill Introduced to Close Corporate Loopholes and Raise $924 Million for IL

On March 10th, International Women’s Day, Representative Will Guzzardi introduced HB4004 to raise $924 million by closing nine corporate tax loopholes. Illinois’ backlog of unpaid bills has grown to $11 billion and the general fund’s deficit is now $9.5 billion. Budget cuts have a disproportionate impact on women — denying them opportunity to go to […]

Introducing the People’s Agenda Legislative Platform

On Wednesday, Grassroots Collaborative member organizations headed down to Springfield to refute Governor Rauner’s continued policy of disinvestment and call for a People’s Agenda that invests in the people of Illinois, keeps our communities safe, and generates the resources to rebuild. The People’s Agenda Legislative Platform Illinois needs investments in our people, measures to keep […]

Village of Robbins Calls on Governor Rauner to Put People Before Wall Street Banks

Robbins Unanimously Passes Resolution against Predatory Bank Deals Draining State and Local Budgets, asks for Attorney General to Take Action Robbins, IL – On the eve of Governor Rauner’s budget address the Village of Robbins Board of Trustees passed a resolution targeting Wall Street banks that have drained hundred of millions of dollars from taxpayers […]

As Violence Soars, Governor Continues to Pursue Personal Political Agenda Over Needs of Residents

Grassroots Collaborative Statement on Governor Rauner’s 2017 State of the State Address Chicago, IL – On Wednesday, Governor Rauner delivered his third state of the state address without having successfully passed a budget. The following is a statement from Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative. “Today, Governor Rauner attempted to borrow from the Trump […]

Job Posting: Operations and Administrative Manager

Grassroots Collaborative is hiring! People of color strongly encouraged to apply.  For consideration, send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Amisha Patel, Executive Director, hiring@thegrassrootscollaborative.org.  No calls, please.  Position open until filled. TITLE: Operations and Administrative Manager SUPERVISED BY: Executive Director SUPERVISES: n/a SALARY/HOURLY, EXEMPT OR NONEXEMPT: 25-30 hours a week, Nonexempt (Pay: […]

As Obama exits scene, Chicago legacy debated

But community organizer Amisha Patel said Obama too often tried to walk a fine line on such issues. “I think the president was afraid to be clear on an urban agenda. I don’t think he thought he had room to move on that, and so you get a really hands-off approach, these half-solutions,” Patel said. […]

Grassroots Collaborative Statement on Mayor Emanuel’s FY17 Budget Address

Chicago, IL – On Tuesday, community leaders and residents listened as Mayor Emanuel delivered his FY17 budget address. Although Emanuel agreed to release some of the city’s surplus TIF funds under mounting pressure from parents, teachers, community organizations, groups expressed disappointment that Emanuel again failed to ask Chicago’s most wealthy individuals and corporations to contribute […]

Governor Rauner Leaves Public in Dark on Swap Agreements

Illinois was in the national spotlight this week for taking action to hold Wells Fargo accountable for defrauding millions of customers. Illinois state Treasurer Michael Frerichs, Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers, and the Chicago City Council took action by withdrawing city and state funds and financial business from Wells Fargo. The move received coverage in […]

Gov. Rauner’s announced agreement on swap payouts to Wall Street banks lack details

  October 4, 2016 Contacts: nathan@grassrootscollaborative.org Gov. Rauner’s announced agreement on swap payouts to Wall Street banks lack details Coalition of educators and human service providers skeptical, demand disclosure of agreement terms SPRINGFIELD, IL – This morning, Gov. Rauner reacted to Illinois educators and human service providers who had gathered for a press conference to […]