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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.

Alliance for Retired Americans - Congressional Voting Scorecard



On May 20, the Alliance for Retired Americans released a Congressional Voting Scorecard, which grades every U.S. Senator and Representative on key legislation affecting current and future retirees.

   to see the scorecard.

2012 General Election Endorsements for the Illinois State Legislature


Each election cycle, Citizen Action’s political action committee convenes to make endorsements for public office.  Candidates who wish to be endorsed by the organization are required to complete a questionnaire which outlines the broad policy positions taken by Citizen Action/Illinois.  In the case of incumbents, Citizen Action will also consider their score on our Legislative Scorecard (click here for Citizen Action/Illinois 2012 Illinois Legislature Scorecard).

Citizen Action/Illinois Releases Illinois State Legislative Scorecard



Citizen Action/Illinois is proud to announce the release of its 2012 Illinois State Legislative Scorecard. Follow the link below to read the entire scorecard. 


After Wisconsin, Whither Labor?



by John D. Cameron

In the wake its the failure to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker last month, numerous pundits have once again declared that the American labor movement is doomed.  The line goes that organized labor has lost its political clout and its declining membership in the private sector means it is headed for the dustbin of history.

Yet, as Mark Twain would have said, the rumors of labor’s death are greatly exaggerated. 

Support our endorsed candidates for the state legislature!



Learn more about the candidates endorsed by the Progressive Action Project, the state PAC of Citizen Action/Illinois! 


for more information on the endorsed candidates.

Together we win!


Crowds Protest Paul Ryan's Budget Plan



Rep. Paul Ryan speaks at luncheon as people protest budget proposal

By Sarah Small,

Suburban Life Publications

May 27, 2012 

Wisconsin gov. tells Illinois business leaders to reign in public-sector unions; Illinois working families say "Go home!"



Wisconsin governor tells Illinois business leaders to reign in public-sector unions


Wednesday, April 18, 2012 12:05 am

Time to Take the For Sale Sign Off our Government


By William McNary, Citizen Action/Illinois Co-Director and Illinois Campaign Finance Task Force Member

Justice Louis Brandeis said, “Either we may have a democracy or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.”  There is a public perception that special interests are purchasing public policy outcomes.

Illinoisans are angry and we have a right to be angry.  People feel like they are losing control of their lives and that they have no power over decisions that affect their lives.

Protect Social Security and Medicare! Read the Ryan Budget Fact Sheet



Last week, Congressman Paul Ryan released the Republican's proposed 2013 federal budget. Their proposal would expand tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, while pulling away critical Medicare and Social Security protections from the middle class.