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CA/IL honors Todd Smith, Clerk David Orr, Richard Kirsch at 2012 Pauls Awards


2012 Senator Paul Simon / Senator Paul Wellstone Awards

On Monday evening, April 23, 2012, Citizen Action/Illinois honored champions of the progressive movement at the seventh annual Senator Paul Simon / Senator Paul Wellstone Awards. 

Protesters fight Medicaid cuts at Ill. Capitol



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Protesters fight Medicaid cuts at Ill. Capitol

By: Alex Degman  |  April 25, 2012

SPRINGFIELD — As talks about deep Medicaid cuts pick up steam, so are the buses carrying people protesting them.

Dozens of people came to the Capitol Wednesday to protest what they say are unfair and inhumane cuts to the Medicaid program.

Wisconsin gov. tells Illinois business leaders to reign in public-sector unions; Illinois working families say "Go home!"



Wisconsin governor tells Illinois business leaders to reign in public-sector unions


Wednesday, April 18, 2012 12:05 am

What Should You Know about Black Carbon? Webinar: April 25th, 11am



What Should You Know about Black Carbon?

Webinar: Wednesday, April 25th, 11am

Those of you concerned about climate change and public health will want to attend this FREE April 25th webinar titled, "What You Should Know about Black Carbon for Climate Action."

Time to Take the For Sale Sign Off our Government


By William McNary, Citizen Action/Illinois Co-Director and Illinois Campaign Finance Task Force Member

Justice Louis Brandeis said, “Either we may have a democracy or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.”  There is a public perception that special interests are purchasing public policy outcomes.

Illinoisans are angry and we have a right to be angry.  People feel like they are losing control of their lives and that they have no power over decisions that affect their lives.

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.

Reflections on the Supreme Court Case and the Affordable Care Act



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


Friends. Last week during the oral argument before the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act Justice Scalia referred to what he called "the Cornhusker kickback". It is a reference to  a deal made by the Senate leadership with Senator Nelson of Nebraska to include as part of the ACA certain concessions and benefits  applicable to Nebraska alone. As far as I know the incident is not part of the official  record before the Court, or mentioned in  the briefs of the parties. Because It is a partisan political characterization of what is more or less common legislative compromise it troublesome that a Justice would one even mention the incident, and two refer to it in such partisan terms.

Panel: Trauma care shortage costs lives in Southland



From the Southtown Star:

BY MARY J. PALEOLOGOS Correspondent March 26, 2012 10:30PM

Updated: March 27, 2012 2:09AM 

A person critically injured in a car accident in Park Forest is as likely as not to die before he or she makes it to the nearest trauma center in Oak Lawn to be treated.

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. 

Keep Illinois Medicaid Strong - Fact Sheet


Read the fact sheet below for important information on keeping Illinois Medicaid strong:


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