HOLY EQUALITY, FREEDOM FIGHTERS!
I'm in Springfield and still reeling from the joy/relief from last night. Thank you all so much for every ounce of hard work that you put into the effort. I can't begin to list the individuals and organizations that made this possible -- All I can do is marvel at the teamwork. Illinois same-sex couples can now access the protections of marriage, and it's because of YOUR HELP. Tremendous thanks and heartfelt congratulations.
CA/IL - Progressive Action Project Endorsements for the 2014 Primary Elections
An Endorsement Session will be held on Saturday, January 25th, 2014.
Citizen Action/Illinois’ Policy Council will consider endorsements for the following races:
- Statewide officeholders, including U.S. Senate
- State Representative and State Senate
- Congress (mention PAC here?)
All candidates must complete our 2014 Candidate Questionnaire by January 17, 2014.
Health Insurance Marketplace Ready to Help 1 Million Illinoisans
In September of 2008, Citizen Action/Illinois started the Health Care for America Now campaign in Illinois. HCAN was an ambitious campaign to win quality and affordable health care for the 1.5 million Illinoisans without insurance and the millions being overcharged and underserved by their existing health insurance.
by Citizen Action/Illinois Co-Director William McNary:
Citizen Action/Illinois Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
Too many people of goodwill have never connected bigotry with economic exploitation. They have deplored prejudice but tolerated or ignored economic injustice. But these two evils have a malignant kinship.
- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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.
On Friday evening, September 20, over 350 community leaders, elected officials, allies, and advocates joined Citizen Action/Illinois in honoring U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota's 5th District, Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus of the United States Congress, with the 2013 Lerner-Egan Award for Distinguished Service.
Speakers included Governor Pat Quinn, US Congresswoman Jan Schakowski, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, as well as CFL Secretary-Treasurer Robert Reiter and Illinois AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan.
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.
Chicago, IL – Citizen Action/IL celebrates today’s Supreme Court decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and effectively invalidate California’s notoriously discriminatory “Proposition 8”, thus achieving parity in marriage benefits for same-sex couples already legally married and resuming marriage equality in a state with over 38 million people.