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‘Babies Before Bezos’: Union protests $2 billion for Amazon bid amid child care debate


November 3, 2017
John Byrne
Chicago Tribune

Carrying signs that read “Babies Before Bezos,” about two dozen union workers called on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner to spend more on child care subsidies, citing $2 billion in incentives dangled to lure Amazon to Chicago.

The Service Employees International Healthcare union on Wednesday used the high-profile Amazon HQ2 bid to draw a distinction between what they said is elected officials’ willingness to empty the bank to court company CEO Jeff Bezos while many Chicago families can’t afford care for their young children.

Last month, the Rauner administration reduced the set-aside for child care for low-income families by $60 million, but state officials say a waiver from the federal government means families’ eligibility won’t be reviewed more often this fiscal year.