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Support SB26: A New Medicaid Oppportunity for Illinois --- Fact Sheet


Support SB26: A New Medicaid Opportunity for Illinois

SB26 would allow for 342,000 low-income adults in Illinois to be newly eligible for and enrolled in Medicaid over the next four years. Coverage for those who enroll would start on Jan 1, 2014. Enrollment starts Oct 2013.

SB26 includes language that would cease coverage for this new population if the federal government’s share of Medicaid matching funds drops below 90%. The federal government pays 100% of the costs of the newly eligible from 2014 through 2016.

Read the 2012 Citizen Action/Illinois Annual Report


Citizen Action/Illinois is proud to release our 2012 Annual Report, summarizing the year's issue campaigns and victories. 

to read the report




Carolers urge Johnson to take a stance on fiscal cliff


From The News-Gazette:

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 5:14pm | Michael Kiser

Photo by John Dixon, The News-Gazette

Traditional holiday music had a political twist to it on Thursday at a local Congressman's office as lawmakers in Washington continue to try and reach a deal on the fiscal cliff.

The Battle for Medicaid expansion is on! Contact your legislators now!


A key component of President Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” (ACA) is the expansion of federal Medicaid benefits to low-income individuals that currently fall into the “coverage gap.”

In order to achieve real cost savings in health care spending and help bring our nation closer to universal coverage, the ACA needed to address the question of how to help the working poor obtain coverage without creating a new financial burden on those that could not afford it.

Rep. Schakowsky, Local Leaders Call on Congress to End Bush Tax Cuts


Chicago, IL- Calling on Congress to end the Bush Tax Cuts for those making over $250K annually, Citizen Action/IL held a telephone conference featuring Rep. Jan Schakowsky on Saturday, December 1.  During the call a small business owner, senior citizen, home health care worker, teacher and front line organization discussed the impact the fiscal cliff and tax parity will have on their families and businesses.

Sign the Petition to End the Bush Tax Cuts for the top 2%


Congress has until December 31st to make a critical and historic choice. They can ask the richest 2% of Americans to pay their fair share, or they can put more money in wealthy pockets at the expense of the struggling middle class by allowing devastating automatic spending cuts to take effect. The best way to prevent these cuts from taking place is to repeal the Bush Tax Cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year. Take action now, tell Congress, loud and clear: Don’t give more tax breaks to people who don’t need them. 

Join the Action - End the Bush tax cuts for the top two percent.


The election is over and it’s time to make it count. Grassroots power is not just for elections.

Congress has until December 31st to make a critical and historic choice. They can ask the richest 2% of Americans to pay their fair share, or they can put more money in wealthy pockets at the expense of the struggling middle class.

The Action is a grassroots movement that demands we face this crisis. There is too much money and power in too few hands and the system is rigged to keep it that way. It’s time to level the playing field. It’s time to make things right.

"Fiscal Cliff" Notes


As Congress approaches the so-called "fiscal cliff" we wanted to bring some sanity in to the discussion. Below is a terrific 5-point guide to the fiscal showdown from MoveOn that cuts through the political noise, but before beginning a policy discussion, it's important to remember that we just had a general election, and elections have consequences. In the voting booth, Iowans and Americans spoke loud and clear in favor of raising revenue and creating jobs:

Citizen Action/Illinois Fights for Tax Fairness


Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) is a diverse coalition of 220 national, state, and local organizations united in support of a tax system that works for all Americans. It has come together based on the belief that the country needs comprehensive, progressive tax reform that results in greater revenue to meet our growing needs. This starts by ending the Bush-era tax breaks for the richest 2 percent and by making critical investments that create and sustain jobs while taking a balanced approach to addressing America’s fiscal challenges.