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Introducing the Affordable Care Act Toolkit



From Representative Jan Schakowsky:

I’m proud to announce the launch of an Obamacare Toolkit, available on my website, to help my constituents learn about the many benefits of Obamacare and how to take advantage of them.

Follow the link below to find out more:

Sign the Petition! Help Build a Better Illinois.



It's time to get our priorities straight and give the middle class a fair shake. We need a more accountable government that cuts waste and protects education, public safety and health care. We need fair taxes, with higher rates for higher income levels, and lower rates for lower income levels. And we need successful small businesses that create good middle-class jobs, not more giveaways to big corporations and special treatment for CEOs.

National LGBT Advocacy Groups Issue Guide to Same-Sex Couples After Historic Ruling on DOMA


National LGBT Advocacy Groups Issue Guide to Same-Sex Couples After Historic Ruling on DOMA

(New York, June 26, 2013) - In the wake of the US Supreme Court's historic decision to strike down Section Three of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), 11 national LGBT advocacy organizations jointly issued a series of factsheets to provide guidance to same-sex couples and their families as they navigate accessing federal rights, benefits, and protections.

Have a complaint about a loan or financial product? Reach out to the CFPB.


How to File

You can submit a complaint online or call a toll-free number, 855-411-CFPB (2372). Complaints can be made in English or Spanish, with access to 187 other languages on request.

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.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Releases Comprehensive Study of Payday Industry


 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a report on payday and deposit advance loans finding that for many consumers these products lead to a cycle of indebtedness. Loose lending standards, high costs, and risky loan structures may contribute to the sustained use of these products which can trap borrowers in debt.

Medicaid Expansion in Illinois


Medicaid Expansion in Illinois

On February 5th, Medicaid expansion legislation (SB26) moved out of committee in the Illinois Senate.  SB26 is a critical component of the Affordable Care Act.  It is designed to get Illinois’ uninsured into the main-stream health care system.

Support SB26: A New Medicaid Oppportunity for Illinois --- Fact Sheet


Support SB26: A New Medicaid Opportunity for Illinois

SB26 would allow for 342,000 low-income adults in Illinois to be newly eligible for and enrolled in Medicaid over the next four years. Coverage for those who enroll would start on Jan 1, 2014. Enrollment starts Oct 2013.

SB26 includes language that would cease coverage for this new population if the federal government’s share of Medicaid matching funds drops below 90%. The federal government pays 100% of the costs of the newly eligible from 2014 through 2016.

Read the 2012 Citizen Action/Illinois Annual Report


Citizen Action/Illinois is proud to release our 2012 Annual Report, summarizing the year's issue campaigns and victories. 

to read the report




Sign the Petition to End the Bush Tax Cuts for the top 2%


Congress has until December 31st to make a critical and historic choice. They can ask the richest 2% of Americans to pay their fair share, or they can put more money in wealthy pockets at the expense of the struggling middle class by allowing devastating automatic spending cuts to take effect. The best way to prevent these cuts from taking place is to repeal the Bush Tax Cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year. Take action now, tell Congress, loud and clear: Don’t give more tax breaks to people who don’t need them. 

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