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New Study Shows Recent Tax Rollbacks Worsens Income Inequality


 While the Illinois’s budget shortfall is well known where these dollars are going has been unexamined, until now.

Citizen Action/Illinois 2014 Annual Report


Citizen Action/Illinois is proud to release our 2014 Annual Report, summarizing the year's issue campaigns and victories.


Help Us Fight for National Payday Loan Protections


Help Us Fight for National Payday Loan Protections

This year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is preparing to issue new rules for payday lenders.  This historic and unprecedented opportunity will enable a federal agency to finally curb the payday loan debt trap nationwide, much like we have already done here in Illinois.   We expect Payday lenders to mount a significant campaign to stop these efforts.  

Citizen Action/Illinois Releases Illinois State Legislative Scorecard



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


This is the year we raise the minimum wage!


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.

Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet: "Obamacare and You"



A great resource on all things ACA: "Obamacare and You" is a series of one-page papers explaining how the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” will affect different groups of people.

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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.

CA/IL Statement on SCOTUS decision striking down key section of Voting Rights Act


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.

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.

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