Inclusive Economy Lab Future of Work

Workers in Illinois aspire to provide a stable life for themselves and their families, and to be able to work in an environment that treats them with dignity and respect. However, the loss of middle-wage jobs and changes to the nature of work over the last several decades have made that aspiration more difficult to achieve. The middle class has begun to disappear, and fewer and fewer workers are able to meet their needs and the needs of their families with the wages earned from 40 hours of work each week.

The Illinois Future of Work Act convened a task force made of a bipartisan group of legislators, business leaders, academics, and worker advocates whose job was to produce a report that would identify the best ways for Illinois to create a future workforce that would help business, workers, and communities thrive economically throughout the state of Illinois. The Inclusive Economy Lab, the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice, and the Metropolitan Planning Council are honored to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the Task Force, community stakeholders from across the state, and Economic Security Illinois to produce the Illinois Future of Work Report. This report has been delivered to the Illinois General Assembly and Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.

Read the report here (PDF, 30MB)

Future of Work Task Force Report