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.
Labor Advocates Hold Hearing To Address Part-Time Workers' Economic Struggles
by Ellyn Fortino
Tuesday March 26th, 2013
Citizens Tell Senator Kirk: Stand Up for IL Families, Support Balanced Resolution to Budget Sequester
[Springfield, IL] – On Thursday, February 21, Citizen Action/Illinois joined with the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans, Illinois AFL-CIO, the Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities, NAACP and Action NOW for a press conference outside the Springfield office of Senator Mark Kirk. Speakers highlighted the impact of $85 billion in across-the-board program cuts scheduled to take effect March 1 if Congress doesn’t resolve the debate over the budget sequester.
On March 18, Citizen Action/Illinois held the 8th Annual Senator Paul Simon/Senator Paul Wellstone Awards. CA/IL was proud to honor Michael Carrigan, President of the Illinois AFL-CIO with the Paul Simon Award and Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union with the Paul Wellstone Award for their leadership and dedication to fighting for working families.
William McNary leads Daley Plaza celebration of the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act
On Thursday June 28, Over 150 people gathered in 100-degree heat in Chicago's Daley Plaza praising the Supreme Court ruling as a profound victory for American consumers. With this seminal Supreme Court decision, the constitutional debate over the law ended and the quest toward affordable and accessible healthcare moved triumphantly forward. Healthcare advocates said that 30 million more Americans can now be covered and that the worst insurance company abuses will become a relic of the past.
Schakowsky Announces Bill to Create 2.2 Million Jobs
“Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act” Estimated to Lower Unemployment Rate by 1.3%
CHICAGO, IL (August 10, 2011) – Today Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a member of President Obama’s 18-member Fiscal Commission, announced she will introduce the Emergency Jobs to Restore the American Dream Act, a cost-effective plan to put over 2 million people to work for two years.