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VIDEO: Insurance reforms, not caps, control costs

Date: 
02/04/2010
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At a press conference in Springfield, William McNary, Co-Director of Citizen Action/Illinois, speaks on the importance of insurance reforms, not arbitrary caps on damages, to control costs.

VIDEO: No more excuses! Thousands die while Congress delays

Date: 
02/16/2010
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HCAN, the Illinois Main Street Alliance, and Citizen Action/Illinois rallied in front of Aetna to call attention to the insurers announcement that they will drop another 650,000 policy holders to "meet profit expectations."

No More Excuses! Health Care Reform Now!

Date: 
02/16/2010

Over 150 local business owners and families gathered in front of Aetna Insurance headquarters to protest their announcement to drop another 650,000 clients “to meet profit expectations.”  They discussed how that impacts the health of Illinois families and the Illinois economy, and publicized the release of an HCAN report, Health Insurers Break Profit Records as 2.7 Million Lose Their Insurance.

VIDEO: "We Can't Wait" Rally

Date: 
02/17/2010
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On February 17, 3,500 Illinoisans gathered in the State Capital in Springfield to rally for a responsible budget that fully funds the needs of state residents. Speakers in the video footage include: Maria Whelan, President of Illinois Action for Children; Ken Swanson, President of the Illinois Education Association; State Rep. David Miller; State Sen. Donnie Trotter; William McNary, Co-Director of Citizen Action/Illinois.

VIDEO: What the federal government must do to tackle the unemployment crisis

Date: 
02/13/2010
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Webinar on the need for federal action to tackle the unemployment crisis. Features Deborah Weinstein from the Coalition on Human Needs; Lawrence Mishel of the Economic Policy Institute; Deepak Bhargava of the Center for Community Change; and Alan Charney of USAction.

 

"We Can't Wait" Campaign Now Underway!

Date: 
02/03/2010

The Responsible Budget Coalition’s “We Can’t Wait” Campaign is now underway! Show lawmakers and everyone else how we are all hurt by the state's broken budget.

This campaign gives you an easy way to tell your story AND to mobilize your community to take action in support of tax reform that will (1) raise revenue and (2) make taxes fairer.

Chicago Rallies to Tell Congress: It's Time to Deliver on Health Care

Date: 
01/26/2010

Over 100 people gathered in Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago to tell Congress to finish health care right and finish it now. Despite temperatures in the single digits and a strong Lake Michigan breeze, enthusiastic leaders chanted and laughed and committed to getting the job done. HCAN leaders Reverend Larry Greenfield, William McNary (Co-Director, Citizen Action/Illinois), and David Kagan (Illinois Mainstreet Alliance) joined a representative from Senator Burris’ office and two MoveOn Illinois leaders on stage to remind the crowd why we need to keep fighting and how we will win.

Guest Column: The Attack on Public Sector Workers

Date: 
12/10/2009

A guest column from Citizen Action/Illinois Board Secretary-Treasurer, John Cameron.

An excerpt:

“A Crisis is a Terrible Thing to Waste”

It may be a quip attributed to Rahm Emanuel, chief of staff to our current president, but it also the operative strategy for a broad offensive against the public sector by a variety of corporate-backed forces.  It is not just the rightwing fringe led by Glenn Beck and the other Fox News blowhards; the tea partiers are mere shock troops for an assault being driven by the mainstream business class and their cheerleaders in the media, even by many supposedly “liberal” voices in the public debate.

VIDEO: Small Business Owners Call for Health Care Reform

Date: 
11/17/2009
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Small business owners and members of the Illinois Main Street Alliance and the Iowa Main Street Alliance (David Borris, Jan Wood and ReShonda Young) spoke at the press conference calling for health care reform.

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