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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Releases Comprehensive Study of Payday Industry


 The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a report on payday and deposit advance loans finding that for many consumers these products lead to a cycle of indebtedness. Loose lending standards, high costs, and risky loan structures may contribute to the sustained use of these products which can trap borrowers in debt.

Lawmakers Join Drive to Cut Wasteful Tax Expenditures

WICS-TV: Coalition Pushes for Tax Loophole Closures

Backing legislation to eliminate wasteful tax expenditures in the FY2014 budget, more than a dozen state senators and representatives joined with Citizen Action/Illinois and other members of the Responsible Budget Coalition at an April 18 state Capitol news conference. 

Senate Committee Examines Corporate Tax Loopholes


From The Alton Daily News:

Senate Committee Looks at Loopholes

By Nick Gale, 4/5/13

Citizen Action/ Illinois Calls for Medicare Price Negotiations


Rockford, IL– On April 3, Citizen Action/IL and IARA stood with local seniors at a press conference to demand Congress lift the prohibition on Medicare price negotiations.  The press event was held at the historic Booker Washington Community Center in Rockford Illinois.  The groups announced their support for Senator Rockefeller's legislation to allow negotiations, which could save Illinois close to $3 Billion over ten years.  Also, they committed to keep the pressure on Congressional members in the area.

CA/IL Co-Director Lynda DeLaforgue Joins Panel on Part-Time Workers' Struggles



Labor Advocates Hold Hearing To Address Part-Time Workers' Economic Struggles

by Ellyn Fortino
Tuesday March 26th, 2013

Citizen Action/Illinois and IARA Join with Federal Employees at Chicago Rally to Stop the Sequester


Citizen Action/Illinois and IARA Join with Federal Employees at Chicago Rally to Stop the Sequester

Sequester Cuts will Severely Impact Government Services to Public

CA/IL Honors Carrigan and Lewis at Simon/Wellstone Awards


On March 18, Citizen Action/Illinois held the 8th Annual Senator Paul Simon/Senator Paul Wellstone Awards. CA/IL was proud to honor Michael Carrigan, President of the Illinois AFL-CIO with the Paul Simon Award and Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union with the Paul Wellstone Award for their leadership and dedication to fighting for working families. 

Citizens Tell Senator Kirk: Stand Up for IL Families, Support Balanced Resolution to Budget Sequester


[Springfield, IL] – On Thursday, February 21, Citizen Action/Illinois joined with the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans, Illinois AFL-CIO, the Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities, NAACP and Action NOW for a press conference outside the Springfield office of Senator Mark Kirk.  Speakers highlighted the impact of $85 billion in across-the-board program cuts scheduled to take effect March 1 if Congress doesn’t resolve the debate over the budget sequester.

Medicaid Expansion in Illinois


Medicaid Expansion in Illinois

On February 5th, Medicaid expansion legislation (SB26) moved out of committee in the Illinois Senate.  SB26 is a critical component of the Affordable Care Act.  It is designed to get Illinois’ uninsured into the main-stream health care system.