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Coverage under any conditions


Dan Sherry and Bob Hausheer are small business owners and members of the Illinois Main Street Alliance. This article features the stories of their struggles to find affordable, comprehensive insurance coverage for their families and workers.

Medical Students, HCAN March on Blue Cross in Chicago


The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and Health Care for America Now (HCAN) joined in demanding a new future for the health care system – one that does not put the insurance company between doctor and patient. 

Responsible Budget Coalition Lobby Day


On October 15, hundreds of members of the Responsible Budget Coalition gathered at the state capital in Springfield to rally and lobby for a responsible budget. Elected officials failed to pass a responsible budget when they had the opportunity earlier this year. Now all of the programs Illinoisans depend on - education, health care, human services, public safety, and more - are at risk of even deeper cuts in 2010 unless legislators pass the new revenue needed to fix the budget mess for good.

Push for Formation of Consumer Financial Protection Agency


Consumer advocates and the Illinois attorney general are pushing for an independent federal Consumer Financial Protection Agency.

New Coalition Forming to Push Tax Increase


By Ryan Keith

The state budget picture isn’t pretty, and it’s only going to get worse as the year goes on. State workers face layoffs, service providers face deep cuts and late-paid bills, and schools and other vital services are bracing for the worst.

A bunch of vocal advocates are coming together for the first time to put a new level of pressure on state lawmakers for what they see as a definitive, long-term answer.

Gov. Quinn Receives 2009 Lerner-Egan Award


Gov. Pat Quinn receives the 2009 Lerner-Egan Distinguished Service Award at the Citizen Action/Illinois Annual Dinner on September 25, 2009.