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The Supreme Court and the Affordable Care Act, Part 2



by Walter J. Kendall III, Citizen Action/Illinois Board Member and Professor of Law, John Marshall Law School

Most of the attention given to the constitutional debate about the Affordable Care Act has been focused on the "individual mandate." People either must have or get health insurance or they will have to pay into the federal treasury an amount of money roughly comparable to the cost of minimum health insurance coverage. Opponents of the law argue that if the law is constitutional it would mean the federal government could make you buy broccoli.

Protect Social Security and Medicare! Read the Ryan Budget Fact Sheet



Last week, Congressman Paul Ryan released the Republican's proposed 2013 federal budget. Their proposal would expand tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires, while pulling away critical Medicare and Social Security protections from the middle class. 

Elections & Progressive Leadership

"There are three critical ingredients to democratic renewal and progressive change in America: good public policy, grassroots organizing and electoral politics.
-- The Late Senator Paul Wellstone

Eleven states, D.C. back Obama on health law


From The Washington Times:


Eleven states, D.C. back Obama on health law

By Paige Winfield Cunningham

Friday, January 13, 2012

Eleven states and the District of Columbia are siding with the Obama administration in the legal battle over the constitutionality of the new health care law, as more than half the states prepare to challenge the law before the Supreme Court.

The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Building the Middle-Class


By William McNary, Co-Director Citizen Action/Illinois

Dr. King: Not Merely a Dreamer

It was almost a half a century ago that the momentous 1963 March on Washington took place. It was at this march where Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his most famous and celebrated speech; one of the best speeches ever given in American history. As we reflect on and commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King this week, let us remember that he not only inspired us, but marched for his beliefs. He sat-in for his beliefs. In Alabama, he went to jail for his beliefs. In Chicago, he was hit in the head with a brick for his beliefs. And in Memphis on a hotel balcony, he was assassinated for his beliefs.

I’m merely pointing out that Dr. King was not just some idealistic dreamer; he fought to make his dreams a reality. He was a gallant fighter for civil rights and we all know that there would not be a Civil Rights Act or a Voting Rights Act without his leadership.

Ilinois Secretary of State Jesse White Receives Lerner/Egan Award at Citizen Action Illinois' Annual Dinner



Citizen Action/Illinois' 2011 Annual Dinner was held Friday evening, September 9, at the Chicago Hilton and Towers.  Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White was honored with the 2011 Lerner/Egan Award for his decades of public service and tireless commitment to working families and to the public interest. 

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