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2010 Citizen Action/Illinois Annual Report




Read the 2010 Citizen Action/Illinois Annual Report



Citizen Action/Illinois Announces Endorsements for Municipal Election



The Political Committee of Citizen Action/Illinois met Saturday, January 15th and endorsed the following candidates in the 2011 City of Chicago Municipal Elections:

For City Clerk: Susana Mendoza  

For City Treasurer: Stephanie Neely

For Aldermen:

Don’t let the Grinch steal your holidays!


Campaign warns consumers of the dangers of payday loans

McNary Speaks at DC at Rally for the Unemployed


Our very own William McNary, co-director of Citizen Action/Illinois and President of USAction, spoke at this year's Jobs Rally for the Unemployed, an event preceding last month's very successful One Nation Working Together March in Washington, DC. Below are a few excerpts from said speech:

Citizen Action/Illinois Releases Landmark Public Interest Voter Guide For Supreme Court Justices


SPRINGFIELD - Citizen Action/Illinois today released a landmark voter guide to help inform Illinois voters on the public interest records of three Supreme Court Justices up for retention on the November 2nd ballot.  To assist in the research for the voter guide project, Citizen Action/Illinois called upon Professor Walter Kendall III of the John Marshall Law School of Chicago.

Crowd Protests Rep. Ryan's Plan to Privatize Social Security


On September 1st, 150 senior citizens, disabled Americans, and concerned citizens from Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans, Illinois Main Street Alliance, Access Living, SEIU and Citizen Action/Illinois came together outside Representative Ryan's "Roadmap to Ruin" event in Chicago.  Chanting "HANDS OFF SOCIAL SECURITY", Social Security supporters quickly got the attention of Conservative Republicans looking to privatize our social security system. 

Keep Oak Forest Hospital Open: the Community Speaks Out


July 21, 2010: Patients, caregivers and community members gathered to voice their opposition to the Cook County plan to cut Inpatient, Emergency and Rehabilitation Services at the south suburban Oak Forest Hospital.

The service cuts would rid many uninsured Chicagoland residents of accessible and affordable health care. The changes would send patients to other already overcapacitied County facilities, to which the transport is also very difficult and time-consuming.

Oak Forest patients plead to keep care



Oak Forest patients plead to keep care

July 22, 2010
By Maura Possley

By bus and by train, 2 1 / 2 hours had passed before Lee Mayberry arrived at Cook County Stroger Hospital on Chicago's West Side from the south suburbs. It was a taste of what may be to come for Mayberry, who long has relied on the services of the county-run Oak Forest Hospital to treat his rare lung condition.

Citizen Action/Illinois calls for open lottery process


Public Interest Organization Cites Billions of Dollars at Stake

CHICAGO – Citizen Action/Illinois is calling on Governor Quinn and state officials to impose the highest of standards in their selection of a private management company to oversee the Illinois Lottery. The state has recently issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking private managers to oversee the Lottery, the state’s fourth largest revenue generator. Bids are due on July 30, 2010.

This is a high-profile decision that is being carefully watched across the country and by other states.

Landmark payday loan reforms pass General Assembly


Consumer advocates say landmark payday loan reforms accomplish goal of ending 700 percent loans, breaking cycle of debt

SPRINGFIELD—High-cost consumer credit, extended with no consideration of a borrower's ability to pay it back, has stripped billions in wealth from Illinois communities since the beginning of the economic crisis.  While lending reform is still being debated in Washington,  the Illinois General Assembly  passed strong consumer protections designed to cap rates for the often controversial payday lending industry.

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