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Dr. Sid Mohn serves as President of Heartland Alliance, the premier anti-poverty organization in Chicago and the Midwest. He is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic plan that allows the organization to meet its mission and serve more than 1 million men, women, and children each year in the U.S. and 16 countries around the world.

Dr. Mohn is a trustee of the Adler School of Professional Psychology, and a member of the Chicago Commission on Human Relations, the Consortium for Community Development, and Global Chicago. He is also the Co-Chair and Steering Committee Commissioner of the Illinois Commission on the Elimination of Poverty. A graduate of Temple University, Dr. Mohn received his Master of Divinity from the School of Theology at Claremont, California, and his doctorate from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He is a United Church of Christ clergyperson and a member of the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans.

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Have You Heard of #GivingTuesday?

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 1:53 PM

It's hard to believe the holidays are here again. Every year they seem to come a little earlier. Black Friday now starts on Thursday, and the most popular gifts are often sold out online on Cyber Monday before they even hit the shelves. This is the eager opening to the...

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Marriage Can't End Poverty

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 10:36 AM

Last week, we heard a call for renewed dedication to the fight against poverty from many of our nation's leaders. On its face, it seems like the rallying cry we need to ensure continued focus on this important issue. The proposed solutions however -- friendship, accountability, love and traditional marriage,...

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Where Did the Good Jobs Go?

(22) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 3:15 PM

Several days ago, the Labor Department released its most recent figures -- 192,000 new jobs were created in March. That's good news, right? Not necessarily. It's not just the quantity of jobs but the quality that matters, and the quality isn't there.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently...

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Last Call for Healthcare

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 6:17 PM

In less than a week, we'll realize another important milestone in the long battle for comprehensive healthcare in America -- the deadline to apply for coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA mandates that most Americans must apply for and obtain coverage before March 31 or pay a...

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Poverty: Laziness or Lack of Opportunity?

(1) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 5:01 PM

Recently Paul Ryan has had a lot to say about what he believes to be the true underpinnings of poverty. It's a product of a culture of laziness and complacency, he argues, fostered and supported by government anti-poverty programs, many of which were created through the War on Poverty. There's...

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Left Out in the Cold

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 7:02 PM

This winter has been one for the record books. Wind chills have closed in on -30 and below, and with the exception of the recent warm snap we've rarely seen temperatures above freezing, not to mention the record-breaking snowfall. It's really been an inconvenience, assuming you have somewhere to warm...

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The Modern Face of Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 6:59 PM

A few days ago, the Social IMPACT Research Center, a program of Heartland Alliance, released its yearly report on the state of poverty in Illinois, and it's proven what we've known for a long time -- our economy simply isn't working for all too many hard-working Americans anymore....

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A Call to Arms in the War on Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 11:33 AM

Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson declared a War on Poverty. It was one of the greatest social undertakings of our time, spawning and expanding some of our most successful social programs - Medicare, Medicaid, increased Social Security benefits, a permanent food stamp program, housing programs, and job training.

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A Hero's Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 9:31 AM

Earlier this month, we lost one of the greatest champions of the movement to end poverty -- Nelson Mandela. Today he's someone we all revere, a hero unwavering in his dedication to ending some of the most persistent injustices of our time. But he wasn't always seen that way.

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Get in the Holiday Spirit on #GivingTuesday

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2013 | 12:55 PM

The holidays seem to come earlier and earlier every year. This time around, Black Friday won't come on Friday at all -- it begins at 8pm on Thanksgiving Day. There's been a lot of talk in the media about this, claiming it's a travesty that corporations are forcing workers to...

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Can You Feed a Family on Less Than $7.42?

(1) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 7:33 PM

If the Black Friday ads arriving in our mailboxes are any indication, the holidays are upon us and with them the opportunity to relax with family and enjoy a good meal. Unless you're a family in poverty that is. It's hard to celebrate the season when you don't know how...

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Shutting Down Families in Need

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 3:01 PM

Let's take a moment to breathe a collective sigh of relief. After 16 days spent bickering over the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Congress finally reached a truce and the law, which mandates that all Americans must have access to affordable care, remains intact. And while the government is resuming full...

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Ending Poverty Through Health Care

(2) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 4:43 PM

After years of debate, on October 1 our nation realized a tremendous milestone in how we provide health care in America -- the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It's one of the most controversial pieces of legislation in recent history and the largest overhaul of our health care...

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Hungry in America

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 5:50 PM

Right now, lawmakers are once again revisiting one of America's most sweeping and crucial pieces of legislation -- the farm bill. Living in an urban environment like Chicago, it's easy for us to say 'what does a farm bill have to do with me?' The answer, though, is bigger than...

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125 Years of Ending Poverty

(3) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 2:25 PM

On March 13, Heartland Alliance, the Midwest's leading anti-poverty organization, where I work, is celebrating 125 years of service. When legendary social reformer Jane Addams opened our doors in 1888, her dedication to provide the most basic of human needs guided her work.

Hungry, destitute and sick, people then,...

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Working for the Workers

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 11:55 AM

During President Obama's State of the Union address, he delivered an ambitious vision for the future -- one in which any American in need of a job can find one, workers are paid a living wage, and new jobs are created every day. It's an inspiring vision, and one that...

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The Numbers Game: Illinois's 33 Percent

(9) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 3:48 PM

This week, Social IMPACT Research Center, the research arm of Heartland Alliance, released its Illinois's 33 Percent: Report on Illinois Poverty. The findings are shocking -- a full 15 percent of Illinoisans, 1.9 million people -- live in poverty, more than 650,000 of whom are children. A full...

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On the Edge

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 6:20 PM

This week, we celebrate human rights day. At Heartland Alliance, where I work, we consider this our national holiday. It's the time when we get to celebrate the value of every human being, and to remind ourselves that people have the right to a life free from poverty and to...

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A Gift Bigger Than Ourselves

(1) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 6:29 PM

This year the upcoming holidays have caught me by surprise. It seems that fall was in full effect only a few short weeks ago. Now Thanksgiving is right around the corner and, in American tradition, advertisements for Black Friday are in full swing. But while we're standing in line at...

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Happy 152nd Birthday, Jane Addams

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2012 | 3:47 PM

Earlier this month, we celebrated a day that's close to the heart of many social service agencies both here in Chicago and around the world -- Jane Addams's birthday. I like to think she'd have a lot to say about what the poor are going through today, just as she...

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