For many years the American Right -- and many of the most powerful elements of corporate and Wall Street elite -- have conducted a war on public employees. It's time for Progressives -- and Americans of all stripes -- to wake up and smell the coffee.
As the tax debate has gone historically, most Democrats are for a progressive tax structure in Illinois. All Republicans in the Illinois House and Senate are for keeping the flat rate we currently have. Not all Democrats are for a progressive tax, though.
Illinois' cable franchise law renewal was in the mash up of bills hitting the floor during the final week of the session in Springfield. Both the House and Senate voted to approve a two-year extension of the amended Cable and Video Competition Act (the Illinois Cable Act) to July of 2015.
The proposal seeks preferential treatment from the legislature, creates an unlevel playing field with other statewide and local franchise holders, erodes municipal authority, and cuts funding and channels for public use.
The number of U.S. cable TV subscribers decreased over the last decade. At the same time, the average monthly cable bill went up 84 percent. llinois welcomes healthy business partners. But Illinois residents need and deserve laws from the legislature that protect the public.
Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. Those are the hours that rape crisis centers work the phones and respond to victims of rape and sexual assault across Illinois. We do not want to see a day when those phone calls go unanswered.
The chance to put a dent in the Republican control of the House and run up the score for hometown President Barack Obama gives local unions more than enough reason to unite around candidates who can win back seats.
For 10 years Silvana Tabares used the tools of journalism to have an impact on her community.
In September, Tabares left that career to pursue the open seat for Illinois State Representative of the 21st District, outside Chicago.