Some Illinois lawmakers (26 of them, actually), Democrats and Republicans, state representatives and senators, have chosen to forgo the pensions they are entitled to through the General Assembly Retirement System.
Disappointingly, though perhaps not surprisingly, voter turnout in Portugal has collapsed from 91.5 percent in 1975, the year of the first democratic elections, to 58.1 percent in the 2011 parliamentary elections.
Politicians may often vote in the favor of lobbyists or other personal interests, but that doesn't mean civic engagement should fly out the window. Keeping tabs on your legislators and actively participating in the political process is the first step to holding our politicians accountable.
Our health care costs average $8,000 per person, a shockingly high amount when compared to other countries. Health reform will make preventive care more accessible and will begin to halt the astronomical rise of premiums.