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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. 

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 (

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.

Victory for Marriage Equality in Illinois! - Marriage FAQ -



I'm in Springfield and still reeling from the joy/relief from last night. Thank you all so much for every ounce of hard work that you put into the effort. I can't begin to list the individuals and organizations that made this possible -- All I can do is marvel at the teamwork. Illinois same-sex couples can now access the protections of marriage, and it's because of YOUR HELP. Tremendous thanks and heartfelt congratulations.

Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet: "Obamacare and You"



A great resource on all things ACA: "Obamacare and You" is a series of one-page papers explaining how the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” will affect different groups of people.

  to learn more.

Introducing the Affordable Care Act Toolkit



From Representative Jan Schakowsky:

I’m proud to announce the launch of an Obamacare Toolkit, available on my website, to help my constituents learn about the many benefits of Obamacare and how to take advantage of them.

Follow the link below to find out more:

Governor Quinn Joins with Health Advocates to Launch Health Insurance Marketplace


Health Insurance Marketplace Ready to Help 1 Million Illinoisans

In September of 2008, Citizen Action/Illinois started the Health Care for America Now campaign in Illinois.  HCAN was an ambitious campaign to win quality and affordable health care for the 1.5 million Illinoisans without insurance and the millions being overcharged and underserved by their existing health insurance.

CA/IL works to inform community college students on health care options


From the News-Gazette:

Groups plan to inform community college students on health care

Wed, 09/04/2013 - 7:00am | Debra Pressey

CHAMPAIGN — Two public interest organizations believe they'll find many of the young adults in Champaign County who don't have health insurance on the campus of Parkland College.

Congressman Keith Ellison Celebrates Marriage Equality in Minnesota


Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chair and 2013 CA/IL Lerner/Egan Awardee Congressman Keith Ellison, celebrating marriage equality in Minnesota. 



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