The Latest : Justice for All
Powerful special interests, led by Governor Rauner, are determined to diminish the rights of individual citizens and the access those citizens have to the court system by promoting the myth of “frivolous lawsuits”.
Get the facts! Don’t let special interests distort our civil justice system and intimidate individuals from exercising their constitutional rights and seeking justice when they are injured or a loved one is killed due to negligence.
As long as Judges are selected and retained by a process that includes elections, it is necessary that the voters have accurate information about candidates to make reasoned choices. The following summarizes the opinions of the Illinois Supreme Court over the last 10 years and reviews votes for justices up for retention this November.
by Citizen Action/Illinois Policy Council member Bea Lumpkin:
March is Women’s History Month, dedicated to advancing women’s equality. So why aren’t we smiling? Maybe it’s because women are averaging only 77 cents to every $1.00 of men’s average pay. And as bad as the gender gap is in general, the gap is worse for women of color. African American women average only 64 cents and Latina women only 52 cents to every $1.00 of men’s average pay (AFSCME.org).
From Citizen Action/Illinois Policy Council member Beatrice Lumpkin:
The last two mayors of Chicago do not seem to think that we need public education. They have been busy privatizing education. Just weeks after Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s appointed school board closed 50 public schools, they approved the opening of seven additional private charter schools. These charter schools are privately controlled but publicly funded. They are not supervised by any public agency. They report to no one other than their company’s CEO. The public, which pays for charter schools through their taxes, has no input into any educational practices of the charter schools. Unlike Chicago public schools, where key decisions are made by an elected Local School Council, neither parents nor community control anything a Charter School does.
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.
HOLY EQUALITY, FREEDOM FIGHTERS!
I'm in Springfield and still reeling from the joy/relief from last night. Thank you all so much for every ounce of hard work that you put into the effort. I can't begin to list the individuals and organizations that made this possible -- All I can do is marvel at the teamwork. Illinois same-sex couples can now access the protections of marriage, and it's because of YOUR HELP. Tremendous thanks and heartfelt congratulations.
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.
Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair and 2013 CA/IL Lerner/Egan Awardee Congressman Keith Ellison, celebrating marriage equality in Minnesota.
National LGBT Advocacy Groups Issue Guide to Same-Sex Couples After Historic Ruling on DOMA
(New York, June 26, 2013) - In the wake of the US Supreme Court's historic decision to strike down Section Three of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), 11 national LGBT advocacy organizations jointly issued a series of factsheets to provide guidance to same-sex couples and their families as they navigate accessing federal rights, benefits, and protections.
Chicago, IL – Citizen Action/IL celebrates today’s Supreme Court decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and effectively invalidate California’s notoriously discriminatory “Proposition 8”, thus achieving parity in marriage benefits for same-sex couples already legally married and resuming marriage equality in a state with over 38 million people.