Citizen Action Policy & Politics (Blog)
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"Millions of our citizens do not now have a full measure of opportunity to achieve and to enjoy good health. Millions do not now have protection or security against the economic effects of sickness. And the time has now arrived for action to help them attain that opportunity and to help them get that protection."Those were the words of President Harry Truman when he sent a message to Congress on the need for national health care. He delivered his message on November 19, 1945.
Statement by William McNary, Co-Director, Citizen Action/Illinois on HB 4248
We were not prepared for Donald Trump to become the next President of the United States. Many of our friends, our neighbors and our members have feelings of fear, sadness that are real. We want to acknowledge that and let you know that you're not alone. We are clear about the values that undergird this organization and we will not compromise on these values.
WHY RIGHT TO WORK ZONES ARE BAD FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
By David Borris – Owner Hel’s Kitchen Catering
Small businesses are the driving engine of our economy. We produce more than half of all the jobs and economic output of the U.S. Small business has created two out of every three net new jobs in this country since 1995.
LIFTING UP WORKING FAMILIES – LABOR DAY 2015
By William McNary Co-Director Citizen Action/Illinois
Let me tell you the story of an African-American man who left Tennessee to come to Chicago in the 1950s where he met and married a woman who had come to Chicago from Alabama. They gave birth to five children. One child died when he was two days old.
We are pleased to feature a guest blog post by Tom Suhrbur. Tom grew up in a union family in Cicero, Illinois. He received a BA and MA in U.S. history at the UIC and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in labor history from NIU. Tom is co-author of a book "Union Brotherhood, Union Town: The History of the Chicago Carpenters' Union, 1863-1987." He also taught social studies for 17 years. His last teaching job was at Geneva HS (Illinois). He is a recently retired union organizer for the Illinois Education Association and is currently the Vice-President of the Illinois Labor History Society.
John Cameron writes about Governor Rauner and the Koch brothers attacks on democracy, labor unions, and the middle class. Mr. Cameron is the former Executive Director of Citizen Action/Illinois, current Board member of Citizen Action and Director of Political and Community Relations for AFSCME Council 31.
The Battle for Democracy