The State’s Largest Public Interest Group
Endorses Duckworth for Senate
(CHICAGO) – On Saturday, November 7, 2015 the Citizen Action/Illinois Policy Council convened in Chicago to make an endorsement in the primary elections for U.S. Senate.
After hearing from the candidates, the Council voted unanimously to endorse Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-8)
“We have a long history of working with Congresswoman Duckworth on a wide range of issues including a woman’s right to choose and, more recently, on enacting tougher rules for payday lenders to stop the exploitation of our members of the military and their families” said William McNary, Co-Director, Citizen Action/Illinois.
“Congresswoman Duckworth has demonstrated through her distinguished service to our country and her record in Congress that as a U.S. Senator she will fight for America’s working and middle class with intelligence and tenacity.”
Citizen Action/Illinois is the state's largest public interest organization. Building on over two decades of experience, Citizen Action/Illinois is a key player in the fight for social and economic justice at the state and national levels. Citizen Action/Illinois has led campaigns for lower utility rates, fair taxes, affordable and quality health care, insurance and campaign finance reform, and stronger environmental and food safety protections. Citizen Action/Illinois works hard to hold our elected officials accountable on these issues every day in the State House and in the Congress.
In response to new rules implemented by the Department of Defense, Citizen Action/Illinois released the following statement:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 4th, 2015
Statement by Lynda DeLaforgue, Co-Director, on Department of Defense rule updating Military Lending Act of 2006
New protections will stop lenders from exploiting loopholes to target servicemembers
With high-cost loans and abusive collection tactics
On May 6th, Governor Rauner appeared before the Chicago City Council to make an appeal for support of his "Turnaround Agenda." The following statement was released to press in response.
(CHICAGO, ILLINOIS) _ Earlier today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a working draft of a proposal to rein in abusive low-dollar lending schemes such as payday, auto title and installment lending. The draft, presented at a field hearing in Richmond, VA, would require lenders to verify before making a loan that borrowers can pay it back on time, without re-borrowing, and still cover their basic necessities like rent, food and utilities.
[Springfield] William McNary, Co-Director of Citizen Action/Illinois, said “Governor Rauner’s budget gives a massive windfall to those needing it the least while defunding public services for those who need them the most. The budget the Governor unveiled today is a cold-blooded vision for the future of our state. Many of his proposals will wipe out years of building better working, economic, educational and health care opportunities for the families of Illinois.
For immediate release
Time to Honor Veterans, By Reining in Payday Lenders