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Governor Quinn signs landmark payday loan reforms


Legislation promises end of 700 percent rates, crack down on worst abuses

Landmark payday loan reforms pass General Assembly


Consumer advocates say landmark payday loan reforms accomplish goal of ending 700 percent loans, breaking cycle of debt

SPRINGFIELD—High-cost consumer credit, extended with no consideration of a borrower's ability to pay it back, has stripped billions in wealth from Illinois communities since the beginning of the economic crisis.  While lending reform is still being debated in Washington,  the Illinois General Assembly  passed strong consumer protections designed to cap rates for the often controversial payday lending industry.

On eve of White House summit, hundreds rally to demand reform


300 local business owners, union members, families and activists gathered at the Chicago Temple on the eve of the President Obama’s White House Health Care Summit. 

Main Street businessowners & Rep. Bill Foster call for Wall Street reform


Survey finds small business owners at odds with big banks and DC business lobby on financial reform, business owners join Congressman Bill Foster in Aurora

Hundreds of Activists & Small Business Owners Confront AHIP at National Conference


Small Business Owners Detail Choice Between Jobs and Health Coverage, Call For Reform, and Attempt to Meet With Insurance Lobby CEO While Hundreds Rally in Solidarity Outside Industry Event

Local Residents Demand Rep. Bean’s Support for HR 3200 with the Strongest Public Option


Schaumburg, IL - Small business owners and local residents rallied outside the office of Congresswoman Bean (D-8th) Wednesday to urge her support f

Medical Students, HCAN March on Blue Cross in Chicago


The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and Health Care for America Now (HCAN) joined in demanding a new future for the health care system – one that does not put the insurance company between doctor and patient. 

$40 Million Health Care Campaign to Launch in Illinois and Nationwide


Community Leaders in Springfield Join Together to Push for Quality, Affordable Health Care for Every American

Springfield, IL - July 8, 2008 – Today, here in Springfield and in 52 other cities across the country, including 37 state capitols, a new national campaign is bringing together millions of Americans to demand quality, affordable health care for all. Health Care for America Now (HCAN) is being launched by 95 national and local groups that represent labor, community organizations, doctors, nurses, women, small businesses, faith-based organizations, people of color, netroots activists, and think tanks. Health Care for America Now is organizing to assure that the first order of business of the next President and Congress is to pass legislation in 2009 that guarantees quality, affordable health care for all.

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