Updates : All Campaigns
We live in a new economic reality. Since the great recession, 58% of the new jobs created are low wage jobs, paying $8.25 an hour. Adjusted for inflation, today’s minimum wage worker is making $2.50 less than a minimum wage worker in 1968.
You read that right. Today’s minimum wage worker has 23% less buying power than he would have forty-five years ago.
Working Illinoisans are losing ground. The 400,000 minimum wage workers in Illinois need our help.
HOLY EQUALITY, FREEDOM FIGHTERS!
I'm in Springfield and still reeling from the joy/relief from last night. Thank you all so much for every ounce of hard work that you put into the effort. I can't begin to list the individuals and organizations that made this possible -- All I can do is marvel at the teamwork. Illinois same-sex couples can now access the protections of marriage, and it's because of YOUR HELP. Tremendous thanks and heartfelt congratulations.
CA/IL - Progressive Action Project Endorsements for the 2014 Primary Elections
An Endorsement Session will be held on Saturday, January 25th, 2014.
Citizen Action/Illinois’ Policy Council will consider endorsements for the following races:
- Statewide officeholders, including U.S. Senate
- State Representative and State Senate
- Congress (mention PAC here?)
All candidates must complete our 2014 Candidate Questionnaire by January 17, 2014.
Health Insurance Marketplace Ready to Help 1 Million Illinoisans
In September of 2008, Citizen Action/Illinois started the Health Care for America Now campaign in Illinois. HCAN was an ambitious campaign to win quality and affordable health care for the 1.5 million Illinoisans without insurance and the millions being overcharged and underserved by their existing health insurance.
From the News-Gazette:
Groups plan to inform community college students on health care
Wed, 09/04/2013 - 7:00am | Debra Pressey
CHAMPAIGN — Two public interest organizations believe they'll find many of the young adults in Champaign County who don't have health insurance on the campus of Parkland College.
Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair and 2013 CA/IL Lerner/Egan Awardee Congressman Keith Ellison, celebrating marriage equality in Minnesota.
Chicago, IL – Citizen Action/IL celebrates today’s Supreme Court decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and effectively invalidate California’s notoriously discriminatory “Proposition 8”, thus achieving parity in marriage benefits for same-sex couples already legally married and resuming marriage equality in a state with over 38 million people.
Chicago, IL – Citizen Action/IL is deeply concerned about the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down Section 5 of the 1968 Voting Rights Act, which for decades has provided a strong protective firewall against discrimination at the voting booth by states that have exhibited a history of discrimination against African-Americans.
from the Windy City Times:
Marriage coalition restructuring
by Kate Sosin
The coalition of organizations working pass equal marriage in Illinois has announced plans to restructure after a push to pass equal marriage by the end of this year's spring session fell short May 31.