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- Leadership + Investment + Training = A Stronger Illinois (September 2014)
IWF and the Chicago Jobs Council released policy recommendations for Illinois’ next governor which serves as solutions to the most serious workforce challenge in Illinois. Download Document
- Putting the Workforce at the Center of Economic Development: Leaders from across Illinois call for Investment in Skills (July 2011)
IWF has released a summary report of findings and recommendations to inform state-level strategies for building Illinois’ workforce skills. The report is informed by a series of community forums IWF leadership held with local leaders in five communities across the state, which helped to build a statewide picture of local workforce and economic development priorities and needs. Download Document
- IWF Community Forum Reports
IWF has embarked on a series of community forums to get a clear understanding of current local priorities and challenges. The campaign is hearing from local economic and workforce development experts about: the current workforce and/or economic development goals for their community; the current challenges and/or opportunities to meet those goals; ideas for effective strategies that will work in a particular community; and
how IWF can advance state policy, programs, and investments to support their local workforce and economic development goals.
Findings and recommendations from these forums are being compiled into reports to be used for action planning at the local level and to educate state and local policy makers about the issues faced by communities as they work to ensure good jobs for their residents. Reports from the forums held to date are available below.
- Workforce Development in Illinois (April 2011) IWF compiled this brief for members of the General Assembly to provide an overview of the main workforce development programs administered by the State of Illinois. The brief includes background information about workforce development in the state and lists key programs and service data according to the administering state agency. Download Document.
- Testimony to the House General Services Appropriations Committee (March 2011) IWF provided written testimony to the House Appropriations General Services Committee Hearing on March 23, 2011. The testimony focused on the need for increased investments in effective job training programs and job creation strategies that are tied to workforce programs. Download Document
- Testimony to Health Care Reform Implementation Council (October 2010)
In October 2010, IWF provided testimony to the Governor’s Health Care Reform Implementation Council, in their second hearing in Peoria, Illinois. This hearing focused on the topic of workforce needs of the healthcare industry as our state begins to implement the federal health care reforms outlined in Affordable Care Act passed earlier this year.
- IWF State Policy Priorities (April 2010)
The Illinois Works for the Future campaign promotes these policy changes that will help Illinois a strong workforce grow our economy, including the implementation of the 21st Century Workforce Development Fund and expansion of bridge educational programs.
- Job Creation Task Force Testimony (January 2010)
In January 2010, IWF made the case to the Illinois House of Representatives’ Job Creation Task Force for integrating investments designed to spur economic development through job creation or retention with investments in the workforce to build a more robust economy that works for everyone.
- Summary of the 21st Century Workforce Development Act (September 2009)
The 21st Century Workforce Development Fund Act (HB 852) creates the structure for a state-level fund to “promote the State’s interest in the creation and maintenance of a diverse and skilled workforce for the economic development of the State” and is the first step towards establishing a flexible, sustainable funding source for education, skills training, and other workforce development services that will build the 21st Century workforce that employers need to grow and Illinois needs to have a strong economy.
- Strengthening Illinois’ Economy through Investments in Workforce Education and Training (March 2009)
Illinois faces a workforce challenge. This policy brief outlines key recommendations for finding new revenue streams to invest in workforce development, and leveraging new federal resources for education and training.
- Integrating Workforce and Economic Development Systems for a Competitive and Prosperous Illinois. (March 2008)
In recent years Illinois has advanced policies that are good for workers but the state now faces a skills shortage. IWF outlines recommendations to build on current state policies to address Illinois’ urgent workforce needs.
- Youth Summer Employment Brief (May 2010)
Chicago Jobs Council analyzes Chicago’s experience with the summer youth employment program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, calls for a permanent summer youth employment program and offers recommendations to advance the positive impact of future summer employment programs.
- Economic Environment Survey of Employment & Training Providers – Executive Summary (December 2009)
In September 2009 CJC conducted a survey of employment and training service providers to understand how provider organizations are being affected by the current economic climate, and to get a sense of what the employment and training service delivery landscape may look like after one-time federal recovery funds are expended.
- Building a Green Collar Workforce in Chicagoland (October 2009)
The Chicagoland Green Collar Jobs Initiative was founded with the intent of organizing stakeholders in the Chicagoland area around the opportunities and resources available through green collar jobs. This report discusses the context for green collar jobs in the Chicago region, potential policy opportunities, current workforce preparation structure, and recommendations for to enhance the region’s systems.
- WIA Re-authorization Recommendations (June 2009)
The Chicago Jobs Council puts forth recommendations for re-authorization of the Workforce Investment Act in areas including system infrastructure, training policy, and performance measures.
- Big Shoulders, Big Challenges: An Update on Workforce Development Funding in Chicago (November 2007)
This report provides an update on funding for workforce development programs in Chicago and offers recommendations for improving systems.
- Partnerships for Job Training and Economic Development: An Evaluation of Illinois’ JTED program (January 2006)
This study, conducted in conjunction with UIC Great Cities Institute and UIC Center for Economic Development, presents findings from an evaluation of Job Training and Economic Development (JTED), an innovation program unique to Illinois that fosters community-business partnerships for economic and workforce development.
Chicago Jobs Council Publications