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Annual Report 2015


 NEW! We are proud to release our Annual Report summarizing our events priorities and victories from 2015. 

Citizen Action/Illinois 2014 Annual Report


Citizen Action/Illinois is proud to release our 2014 Annual Report, summarizing the year's issue campaigns and victories.


Help Us Fight for National Payday Loan Protections


Help Us Fight for National Payday Loan Protections

This year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is preparing to issue new rules for payday lenders.  This historic and unprecedented opportunity will enable a federal agency to finally curb the payday loan debt trap nationwide, much like we have already done here in Illinois.   We expect Payday lenders to mount a significant campaign to stop these efforts.  

CA/IL Applauds Walgreens Decision to Remain in the U.S.


For Immediate Release                                   Contact: Lynda DeLaforgue

August 6, 2014                                                    312-427-2114 X202

CA/IL Honors Congressman Keith Ellison at 2013 Annual Dinner


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.


CA/IL Co-Director Lynda DeLaforgue Joins Panel on Part-Time Workers' Struggles



Labor Advocates Hold Hearing To Address Part-Time Workers' Economic Struggles

by Ellyn Fortino
Tuesday March 26th, 2013

CA/IL Honors Carrigan and Lewis at Simon/Wellstone Awards


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.

Citizen Action/Illinois Stands with Congresswoman Schakowsky to Support Job Creation Legislation


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.

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