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Illinois Has a Crisis of Confidence in Government. Here's What We Can Do to Change That

Ra Joy | Posted 03.14.2016 | Chicago
Ra Joy

We, the people, have the power to fix the governing crisis in Illinois. All of us who care about achieving true democracy should resolve to get informed and get more involved in our public life.

Who Are Our Masters?

Michael Beyer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

We need to scrap all of our systems and begin by asking our students and teachers what they need. This is a radical proposition, but it is also simple and the most effective.

Progressives Must Stand Up Against the Right Wing War on Public Employees

Robert Creamer | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

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.

Illinois State Rep. Jack Franks Talks About His Stand Against Progressive Taxes

Madeleine Doubek | Posted 09.16.2013 | Chicago
Madeleine Doubek

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 State Cable Bill Passes with Mixed Results

Barbara Popovic | Posted 08.03.2013 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

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.

Fixing Illinois' Unconstitutional Mandatory Life Without Parole Sentencing for Juveniles

Jeanne Bishop | Posted 07.16.2013 | Chicago
Jeanne Bishop

It's May now, and the Illinois legislature has already taken up measures to try to fix the concealed carry law. The fix on juvenile life sentences? Still waiting.

Advocates Say Put the Public First in Illinois Cable Law

Barbara Popovic | Posted 07.13.2013 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

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.

Cable: A Recession Proof Industry

Barbara Popovic | Posted 06.29.2013 | Chicago
Barbara Popovic

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.

Kentuckians Stop AT&T, Illinois Up Next

Barbara Popovic | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Barbara Popovic

The large telecom company wanted to abandon a commitment to provide land line telephone service to everyone in the state.

Veteran Chicago Journalist Carol Marin Reflects on Politics, Media

David Vognar | Posted 08.04.2012 | Chicago
David Vognar

Reflecting on her own career, Marin realized that there has been a revolution in technology every ten years and told the young people listening to expect even more revolutions to come.

Link Rape Crisis Funding to Strip Clubs

Sheila Simon | Posted 05.26.2012 | Chicago
Sheila Simon

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.

Unions Will Unite to Win Back Congressional Seats

Nick Kaleba | Posted 05.23.2012 | Chicago
Nick Kaleba

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.

Silvana Tabares, Chicago Journalist, Pursuing Open Seat In Illinois Race

Olivia N. Castañeda | Posted 05.13.2012 | Politics
Olivia N. Castañeda

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.

Quinn Moves To Abolish Controversial Legislative Scholarships

Posted 10.11.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has used his veto pen to abolish the state's controversial legislative scholarship program. On Wednesday, Quinn used hi...

Lawmakers Pass Measure To Trim Their Own Pay

Posted 08.23.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois Senate reconvened Wednesday to vote on a handful of measures, including a 4.6 percent cut in their own pay. Four senators voted agains...

$30 Million "Mistake" May Cost 20,000 Illinois Residents Mental Health Care Services

David Ormsby | Posted 08.22.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

It's a $30 million "oops." It's an "oops" that can only be fixed by the Illinois Senate within the next 24 hours. How's that for a political thriller plot? Except it's not a plot line. It's true.

Republican Claims Democrat Punched Him On Illinois Senate Floor During Debate

Posted 08.01.2011 | Chicago

Illinois lawmakers argued late into the night Tuesday as they tried passing (or blocking) many big pieces of legislation before the midnight session d...

Lesbian Activist Appointed To Illinois Legislature

Posted 06.18.2011 | Chicago

By Tracy Baim, courtesy of the Windy City Times Long-time lesbian activist Kelly Cassidy has been appointed to fill Illinois' 14th District state rep...

As Clock Ticks Down, Legislature Should Pass Teacher Strike Reform

Paras Bhayani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paras Bhayani

In the waning days of the legislative session, legislative leaders are still searching for a grand tax bargain that might involve dramatic reforms to the state's education system.

Veto Session Starts Today: Death Penalty, Civil Unions Could Be Discussed

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Today, Illinois lawmakers begin their six-day veto session before breaking for Thanksgiving--and they have a lot on their plate. Many Illinois resid...

Illinois Still Behind $5 Billion In Payments To Vendors, Nonprofits

St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- As a provider of in-home assistance for seniors, St. John's Home and Community Care of Collinsville partners with the state of Il...

Quinn Back To Springfield To Sort Out Budget Mess

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The governor says increasing the cigarette tax would help fund education. But he's received little support for his proposed income tax hike....

Chicago School Vouchers: State House To Vote On Plan

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD - Kids in Chicago's poorest and most-overcrowded schools could get vouchers to help cover costs at private schools under legislation a Hou...

Quinn 'Not Excited' About Democrats' Redistricting Plan

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he does not like his party's plan to overhaul the way boundaries for legislative districts are drawn. The Illinois ...

Blagojevich Portrait: New Bill Says Taxpayers Shouldn't Pay The Tab

Chicago Tribune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD --- Taxpayers won't have to pay for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's portrait to hang alongside his predecessors in the Capitol if Gov. Pat Q...