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HELP BUILD A BETTER ILLINOIS!
It's time to get our priorities straight and give the middle class a fair shake. We need a more accountable government that cuts waste and protects education, public safety and health care. We need fair taxes, with higher rates for higher income levels, and lower rates for lower income levels. And we need successful small businesses that create good middle-class jobs, not more giveaways to big corporations and special treatment for CEOs.
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.
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You can submit a complaint online or call a toll-free number, 855-411-CFPB (2372). Complaints can be made in English or Spanish, with access to 187 other languages on request.
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.
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.
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.