by Citizen Action/Illinois Co-Director William McNary:
Citizen Action/Illinois Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Too many people of goodwill have never connected bigotry with economic exploitation. They have deplored prejudice but tolerated or ignored economic injustice. But these two evils have a malignant kinship.
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Each election cycle, Citizen Action’s political action committee convenes to make endorsements for public office. Candidates who wish to be endorsed by the organization are required to complete a questionnaire which outlines the broad policy positions taken by Citizen Action/Illinois. In the case of incumbents, Citizen Action will also consider their score on our Legislative Scorecard (click here for Citizen Action/Illinois 2012 Illinois Legislature Scorecard).
by John D. Cameron
In the wake its the failure to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker last month, numerous pundits have once again declared that the American labor movement is doomed. The line goes that organized labor has lost its political clout and its declining membership in the private sector means it is headed for the dustbin of history.
Yet, as Mark Twain would have said, the rumors of labor’s death are greatly exaggerated.
By William McNary, Citizen Action/Illinois Co-Director and Illinois Campaign Finance Task Force Member
Justice Louis Brandeis said, “Either we may have a democracy or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.” There is a public perception that special interests are purchasing public policy outcomes.
Illinoisans are angry and we have a right to be angry. People feel like they are losing control of their lives and that they have no power over decisions that affect their lives.