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Citizens Tell Senator Kirk: Stand Up for IL Families, Support Balanced Resolution to Budget Sequester

Date: 
02/25/2013

[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.

Medicaid Expansion in Illinois

Date: 
02/12/2013

Medicaid Expansion in Illinois

On February 5th, Medicaid expansion legislation (SB26) moved out of committee in the Illinois Senate.  SB26 is a critical component of the Affordable Care Act.  It is designed to get Illinois’ uninsured into the main-stream health care system.

Support SB26: A New Medicaid Oppportunity for Illinois --- Fact Sheet

Date: 
01/18/2013

Support SB26: A New Medicaid Opportunity for Illinois

SB26 would allow for 342,000 low-income adults in Illinois to be newly eligible for and enrolled in Medicaid over the next four years. Coverage for those who enroll would start on Jan 1, 2014. Enrollment starts Oct 2013.

SB26 includes language that would cease coverage for this new population if the federal government’s share of Medicaid matching funds drops below 90%. The federal government pays 100% of the costs of the newly eligible from 2014 through 2016.

Read the 2012 Citizen Action/Illinois Annual Report

Date: 
01/10/2013


Citizen Action/Illinois is proud to release our 2012 Annual Report, summarizing the year's issue campaigns and victories. 

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Carolers urge Johnson to take a stance on fiscal cliff

Date: 
12/14/2012

From The News-Gazette:

Thu, 12/13/2012 - 5:14pm | Michael Kiser

Photo by John Dixon, The News-Gazette

Traditional holiday music had a political twist to it on Thursday at a local Congressman's office as lawmakers in Washington continue to try and reach a deal on the fiscal cliff.

Rep. Schakowsky, Local Leaders Call on Congress to End Bush Tax Cuts

Date: 
12/07/2012

Chicago, IL- Calling on Congress to end the Bush Tax Cuts for those making over $250K annually, Citizen Action/IL held a telephone conference featuring Rep. Jan Schakowsky on Saturday, December 1.  During the call a small business owner, senior citizen, home health care worker, teacher and front line organization discussed the impact the fiscal cliff and tax parity will have on their families and businesses.

The Battle for Medicaid expansion is on! Contact your legislators now!

Date: 
12/07/2012

A key component of President Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” (ACA) is the expansion of federal Medicaid benefits to low-income individuals that currently fall into the “coverage gap.”

In order to achieve real cost savings in health care spending and help bring our nation closer to universal coverage, the ACA needed to address the question of how to help the working poor obtain coverage without creating a new financial burden on those that could not afford it.

Sign the Petition to End the Bush Tax Cuts for the top 2%

Date: 
11/21/2012

Congress has until December 31st to make a critical and historic choice. They can ask the richest 2% of Americans to pay their fair share, or they can put more money in wealthy pockets at the expense of the struggling middle class by allowing devastating automatic spending cuts to take effect. The best way to prevent these cuts from taking place is to repeal the Bush Tax Cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year. Take action now, tell Congress, loud and clear: Don’t give more tax breaks to people who don’t need them. 

Join the Action - End the Bush tax cuts for the top two percent.

Date: 
11/20/2012

The election is over and it’s time to make it count. Grassroots power is not just for elections.

Congress has until December 31st to make a critical and historic choice. They can ask the richest 2% of Americans to pay their fair share, or they can put more money in wealthy pockets at the expense of the struggling middle class.

The Action is a grassroots movement that demands we face this crisis. There is too much money and power in too few hands and the system is rigged to keep it that way. It’s time to level the playing field. It’s time to make things right.

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