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Protesters Say No to Rauner: ‘People Make a Difference and People Should Come First’


From In These Times:

By Stephen Quillen

Many Illinoisans are concerned that gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is trying to 'redistribute wealth upwards,' and will make the state's inequality gap even wider if elected. (Citizen Action Illinois)

CA/IL Calls on Governor Quinn to Sign the Ridesharing Arrangements & Consumer Protection Act


For Immediate Release                                     Contact: Lynda DeLaforgue

July 22, 2014                           312-427-2114 X202


Protect Families from Toxic Chemicals


Every day, we use products that contain toxic chemicals with little or no understanding of how these chemicals impact our bodies.  Today, Citizen Action/Illinois and the Safer Chemicals / Healthy Families Coalition are working to remove these chemicals from everyday products. 

Rauner's Tight Ties with the Koch Brothers

Rauner and The Koch Brothers have a lot in common.


by Lynda DeLaforgue

The Cozy World of Bruce Rauner and the Griffins – How the Very Rich are Creating Their Own Media Outlets


By Lynda DeLaforgue, Co-Director

UPDATE – June 13:  Ken Griffin just donated another $2.5 million to Bruce Rauner on June 11, 2014.  It would take a minimum wage worker ($8.25 hr – 40 hr week) almost 150 years to earn $2.5 million.  Heck, that’s probably two generations of minimum wage workers.

Something is rotten in the state of Illinois when this kind of money is used to buy a governorship.

In 2012, hedge fund mogul Anne Griffin launched and was sole funder of, a for-profit website.  While Reboot purports to be non-partisan, as Rick Pearson of the Chicago Tribune puts it,  “Reboot Illinois, that calls itself nonpartisan but has echoed GOP critiques on topics from public worker pensions to improving the business climate and school funding.” (Trib 10-1-12)

Now it appears that Reboot is moving into a world of political polling.  Major news sources are covering the current Reboot poll of the Governor’s race as top news. 

Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value


by Citizen Action/Illinois Policy Council member Bea Lumpkin:

March is Women’s History Month, dedicated to advancing women’s equality. So why aren’t we smiling? Maybe it’s because women are averaging only 77 cents to every $1.00 of men’s average pay. And as bad as the gender gap is in general, the gap is worse for women of color. African American women average only 64 cents and Latina women only 52 cents to every $1.00 of men’s average pay (

Citizen Action issues Report on Bruce Rauner’s Insider Money Machine


Citizen Action/Illinois has worked for over two decades on campaign finance reform.  The organization led the original charge to ban campaign gifts in the 1980’s, and has been a vocal advocate for public financing of elections.  William McNary, co-director of CA/IL, recently served on Governor Quinn’s campaign finance task force which was charged to review the current campaign finance structure of Illinois.


This is the year we raise the minimum wage!


We live in a new economic reality. Since the great recession, 58% of the new jobs created are low wage jobs, paying $8.25 an hour.  Adjusted for inflation, today’s minimum wage worker is making $2.50 less than a minimum wage worker in 1968.

You read that right. Today’s minimum wage worker has 23% less buying power than he would have forty-five years ago.

Working Illinoisans are losing ground. The 400,000 minimum wage workers in Illinois need our help.

Do we need public education?


From Citizen Action/Illinois Policy Council member Beatrice Lumpkin:

The last two mayors of Chicago do not seem to think that we need public education. They have been busy privatizing education. Just weeks after Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s appointed school board closed 50 public schools, they approved the opening of seven additional private charter schools. These charter schools are privately controlled but publicly funded. They are not supervised by any public agency. They report to no one other than their company’s CEO. The public, which pays for charter schools through their taxes, has no input into any educational practices of the charter schools. Unlike Chicago public schools, where key decisions are made by an elected Local School Council, neither parents nor community control anything a Charter School does.

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