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The Battle for Democracy


John Cameron writes about Governor Rauner and the Koch brothers attacks on democracy, labor unions, and the middle class.  Mr. Cameron is the  former Executive Director of Citizen Action/Illinois, current Board member of Citizen Action and Director of Political and Community Relations for AFSCME Council 31.

The Battle for Democracy

Congratulations to all of our victorious 2014 candidates


Citizen Action/Illinois & The Progressive Action Project

Remembering Lane Evans: A Hero for Progressives Across the Nation.


(Picture: 2001 Lerner-Egan Award for Distinguished Service Honoree Representative Lane Evans seated with 2001 keynote speaker Senator Paul Wellstone and Representative Jan Schakowsky at our 2001 Annual Dinner)


Rauner's Tight Ties with the Koch Brothers

Rauner and The Koch Brothers have a lot in common.


by Lynda DeLaforgue

The Cozy World of Bruce Rauner and the Griffins – How the Very Rich are Creating Their Own Media Outlets


By Lynda DeLaforgue, Co-Director

UPDATE – June 13:  Ken Griffin just donated another $2.5 million to Bruce Rauner on June 11, 2014.  It would take a minimum wage worker ($8.25 hr – 40 hr week) almost 150 years to earn $2.5 million.  Heck, that’s probably two generations of minimum wage workers.

Something is rotten in the state of Illinois when this kind of money is used to buy a governorship.

In 2012, hedge fund mogul Anne Griffin launched and was sole funder of, a for-profit website.  While Reboot purports to be non-partisan, as Rick Pearson of the Chicago Tribune puts it,  “Reboot Illinois, that calls itself nonpartisan but has echoed GOP critiques on topics from public worker pensions to improving the business climate and school funding.” (Trib 10-1-12)

Now it appears that Reboot is moving into a world of political polling.  Major news sources are covering the current Reboot poll of the Governor’s race as top news. 

Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value


by Citizen Action/Illinois Policy Council member Bea Lumpkin:

March is Women’s History Month, dedicated to advancing women’s equality. So why aren’t we smiling? Maybe it’s because women are averaging only 77 cents to every $1.00 of men’s average pay. And as bad as the gender gap is in general, the gap is worse for women of color. African American women average only 64 cents and Latina women only 52 cents to every $1.00 of men’s average pay (

Do we need public education?


From Citizen Action/Illinois Policy Council member Beatrice Lumpkin:

The last two mayors of Chicago do not seem to think that we need public education. They have been busy privatizing education. Just weeks after Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s appointed school board closed 50 public schools, they approved the opening of seven additional private charter schools. These charter schools are privately controlled but publicly funded. They are not supervised by any public agency. They report to no one other than their company’s CEO. The public, which pays for charter schools through their taxes, has no input into any educational practices of the charter schools. Unlike Chicago public schools, where key decisions are made by an elected Local School Council, neither parents nor community control anything a Charter School does.

Citizen Action/Illinois Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington


by Citizen Action/Illinois Co-Director William McNary:

Citizen Action/Illinois Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Too many people of goodwill have never connected bigotry with economic exploitation.  They have deplored prejudice but tolerated or ignored economic injustice.  But these two evils have a malignant kinship.

                                  - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fair Taxes and Ending Wasteful Loopholes


Closing Wasteful Corporate Loopholes in Illinois

by William McNary, Co-Director, Citizen Action/Illinois

During the 2013 legislative session, we asked you to help us pass legislation to stop the 3 most wasteful corporate loopholes in Illinois. With your help, over 9,000 emails and calls were made to our elected officials in Springfield demanding an end to wasteful loopholes.