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Health Benefits Exchange Act - Principles and Fact Sheet


The Health Benefits Exchange Act

Ensures Access to Quality and Affordable Insurance

A key provision in the Affordable Cate Act is the creation of Health Benefits Exchanges in each state by 2014.  These Exchanges will operate as a marketplace for individuals and small businesses to compare and buy quality and affordable health insurance.  Over the last year, stakeholders and political leaders have been working to create an Exchange structure that best serves the families of Illinois.

Citizen Action/Illinois Releases Illinois State Legislative Scorecard



Citizen Action/Illinois is proud to announce the release of its Illinois State Legislative Scorecard.  Follow the link below to read the entire scorecard:


Mcnary to Receive Gentle Warrior Award



Join us in celebrating the work of Citizen Action/Illinois Co-Director William McNary as he receives the 2012 Gentle Warrior Award from the A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum. 

Feb. 25, 6:00 p.m., 2230 S. Michigan Ave.  Click here for tickets and more information.

And read more about the awards below:

AARP launches Health Law Guide



The AARP's Health Law Guide—an online tool to help individuals and families make sense of the health care law—launches today at and


Citizen Action/Illinois Announces Endorsement of President Barack Obama


For Immediate Release                                          February 10, 2012

Contact: Lynda DeLaforgue                              312-427-2114 X202 


McNary spearheads Clean Elections Report



Citizen Action/Illinois Co-Director William McNary served on Illinois' Campaign Finance Reform Task Force and spearheaded the group's report on Public Financing of Elections, "Clean Elections."

Read the report below:


Kadner: No state plan to treat mentally ill


From the Herald-News:


Kadner: No state plan to treat mentally ill

Phil Kadner 

January 23, 2012 8:50PM

Updated: January 24, 2012 5:15AM 


Illinois is once again planning to close the Tinley Park Mental Health Center.

It’s Time to Go to Work!


By William McNary; Co-Director, Citizen Action/Illinois

In last night’s State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values.

The President believes this is a make or break moment for the middle class and those trying to reach it.  What’s at stake is the very survival of the basic American promise that if you work hard, you can do well enough to raise a family, own a home, and put a little away for retirement.

CA/IL Co-Director Lynda DeLaforgue on Tinley Park Mental Health Center Closing



Citizen Action/Illinois Co-Director Lynda DeLaforgue on the announcement by Governor Pat Quinn that the state is closing the Tinley Park Mental Health Center in early July, from the Herald-News, January 19, 2012:


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