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H.R. 3122: Cleaning Up Federal Construction Projects



Cleaning up the Flyover

October 26, 2011

Earlier this month, construction began on the "Englewood Flyover." Aimed at solving one of the region's worst rail bottlenecks, this $133 million bridge construction project, funded largely by federal transportation dollars, will reduce railroad congestion on Chicago's South Side by carrying three Metra tracks over four freight tracks.

Ilinois Secretary of State Jesse White Receives Lerner/Egan Award at Citizen Action Illinois' Annual Dinner



Citizen Action/Illinois' 2011 Annual Dinner was held Friday evening, September 9, at the Chicago Hilton and Towers.  Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White was honored with the 2011 Lerner/Egan Award for his decades of public service and tireless commitment to working families and to the public interest. 

Citizen Action/Illinois Stands with Congresswoman Schakowsky to Support Job Creation Legislation


Schakowsky Announces Bill to Create 2.2 Million Jobs

“Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act” Estimated to Lower Unemployment Rate by 1.3%

 CHICAGO, IL (August 10, 2011) – Today Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a member of President Obama’s 18-member Fiscal Commission, announced she will introduce the Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act, a cost-effective plan to put over 2 million people to work for two years.

Enthusiastic Crowd Rallys at Social Security Office to Prevent Cuts


On July 21st, over 150 people gathered outside of the Social Security Main Offices in downtown Chicago to call a stop to the proposed cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and the Affordable Care Act.  Enthusiastic clergy, senior citizens, disabled Americans, and youth made sure folks in the Social Security offices, as well as the Senatorial offices across the street, heard loud and clear "Hands Off"! 

Metra will clear the air in its train cars


Metra will clear the air in its train cars

By Michael Hawthorne, Tribune reporter

July 20, 2011

Metra appears to have found a way to dramatically clean up the air inside its stainless-steel cars, but spikes of lung- and heart-damaging diesel pollution will remain a lingering problem on the platforms at Chicago's major rail stations.

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