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The High Costs for Out of School and Jobless Youth in Chicago and Cook County Featured

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June 12th Press Conference - Illinois and the U.S. are losing an estimated $9.5 billion in future tax revenue, as tens of thousands of out-of-school youth who lack a high school diploma can’t find work. Today a news conference with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); U.S. Representative Robin Kelly (D-2); Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer (D-10); and Chicago Ald. Patrick O'Connor (Ward 40) addressed findings in the report The High Costs for Out of School & Jobless Youth in Chicago and Cook County.

The best anti-poverty, anti-crime, anti-violence program is a job," Durbin said. "That’s why Congresswoman Kelly and I introduced legislation to help provide our nation’s youth with increased opportunities for employment. Chicago needs the federal government to be an engaged partner when it comes to expanding economic opportunity, and I will continue working to achieve this goal.

The report, by the UIC Great Cities Institute (GCI) and commissioned by the Alternative Schools Network (ASN), studies the relationship between education and unemployment; education and wages; and taxes paid. The report calls for substantive policy solutions to address underlying factors.





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