Economic power engines – ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas have joined forces with 30 construction industry companies and six social service agencies to help increase job opportunities for minorities in local neighborhoods throughout Illinois. The CONSTRUCT partners recently held a special ceremony to announce the 2016 class of 64...
ECIER Foundation hosts monthly workshops for students enrolled in their program that empowers and teaches innovation and entrepreneurship. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson shared valuable information on how entrepreneurs can do business with the City of Gary. During her recent workshop hosted at City Hall she shared the current economic climate of...
By Charlene Crowell, Chicago Crusader Sometimes you just have to wonder what Members of Congress are thinking about. Consider the example of a bill known as H.R. 4018. First filed last November with only five co-sponsors. By mid-December the co-sponsor list grew to 24 representing districts in seven states. Most notably,...
At the recent Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit, hundreds of experts from Wall Street, corporate America, sports, hip-hop, the religious community and Africa came together to address how to fight racial and economic injustices in corporate America. There were titans of tech and powerful politicians, investors and...
The Indiana Department of Transportation is offering civil engineering scholarships of up to $3,125 per semester, and paid employment during summer breaks and upon graduation. Students must be accepted or enrolled full time in one of Indiana’s certified civil engineering schools and apply at www.INDOTScholarship.in.gov. Applications for the 2016-2017 school...
By Charlene Crowell Last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launched a national initiative, dubbed Operation Collection Protection, to further protect consumers from unlawful practices related to debt collection. Now, in a report to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), FTC summarized its results on behalf of consumers and additionally...
Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) electric customers will see a lower rate increase than originally proposed in the company's pending rate case under terms of a collaborative agreement reached by NIPSCO, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC), NIPSCO’s industrial customers, the Indiana Municipal Utility Group and...
By Charlene Crowell For years deceptive and predatory lenders have bilked millions of trusting consumers from their hard-earned monies, while consumer advocates have fought back for fair and transparent lending. On February 11, another contentious round of exchanges on debt-trap lending occurred on Capitol Hill. Unlike previous forums, however, this...
Officials from the Chicago Housing Authority today joined residents of the ABLA/Brooks Homes, Alderman Danny Solis, Amy Rule and area residents for the dedication of the newly renovated Jane Addams Family Resource Center. During a ribbon cutting ceremony, CHA CEO Eugene “Gene” Jones, Jr. said the newly refurbished center, at...
By Charlene Crowell  NNPA Columnist Despite consensus by economists that the economic recovery is well underway, many of America’s working poor, under-employed and unemployed people continue to struggle financially. Adding insult to injury, these financially vulnerable households face debt collectors who harass and sue them on incomplete and/or inaccurate information. In...