"Millions of our citizens do not now have a full measure of opportunity to achieve and to enjoy good health. Millions do not now have protection or security against the economic effects of sickness. And the time has now arrived for action to help them attain that opportunity and to help them get that protection."Those were the words of President Harry Truman when he sent a message to Congress on the need for national health care. He delivered his message on November 19, 1945.
Statement by William McNary, Co-Director, Citizen Action/Illinois on HB 4248
Over the past few weeks, Governor Bruce Rauner has taken major steps to begin dismantling labor unions and the middle-class that the labor movement has built. Bruce Rauner's scheme to strip the rights of workers and weaken their unions by executve order is a blatantly illegal abuse of power. And we won't take it sitting down!
John Cameron writes about Governor Rauner and the Koch brothers attacks on democracy, labor unions, and the middle class. Mr. Cameron is the former Executive Director of Citizen Action/Illinois, current Board member of Citizen Action and Director of Political and Community Relations for AFSCME Council 31.
The Battle for Democracy
Powerful special interests, led by Governor Rauner, are determined to diminish the rights of individual citizens and the access those citizens have to the court system by promoting the myth of “frivolous lawsuits”.
Get the facts! Don’t let special interests distort our civil justice system and intimidate individuals from exercising their constitutional rights and seeking justice when they are injured or a loved one is killed due to negligence.
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.
From The Republic (therepublic.com):
Gov. Quinn vetoes ridesharing bills, says local governments best to regulate new industry
By Carla K. Johnson
August 25, 2014 - 2:20 pm EDT