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by Ellyn Fortino
5:12pm
Thu Sep 25

Illinois College Dems Call Rodney Davis Out For Ryan Budget Votes

While U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI,1) was in Bloomington Wednesday to campaign for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL,13), college students and critics of the Illinois Republican took to Twitter to blast Davis for supporting the conservative Ryan budget.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
9:32am
Wed Sep 10

Public Interest Group Gives Republican IL Lawmakers 'Poor' Marks On Legislative Scorecard

A new legislative scorecard highlights just how politically polarized the Illinois state legislature is on social and economic justice issues.

Citizen Action/Illinois, a public interest organization and a progressive political coalition, released its 98th General Assembly scorecard last week, and no state Republican legislator scored higher than a "poor" rating.

Overall, 45 state representatives and 19 state senators, all of whom are Republicans, received "poor" scores between 10 percent to 49 percent. Meanwhile, no Democratic state lawmaker scored lower than 50 percent.

The scorecard, which gauges "each official’s dedication to social and economic justice," is based on a selection of significant votes taken by the 98th General Assembly, which started in January 2013 and ends after the upcoming fall veto session. Citizen Action/Illinois analyzed 25 votes in the House and 23 votes in the Senate on legislation involving health care, education, consumer protection, civil rights and other topics. Read more »

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
1:05pm
Fri Sep 5

Report: Obamacare Curbed Taxpayer Subsidies For Health Insurer Executive Pay

The 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) sharply reduced taxpayer subsidies last year for executive pay at the nation's 10 largest publicly held health insurance companies, according to a new report by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), a Washington-D.C.-based think tank.

Last year, an ACA provision took effect that put a $500,000 cap on the tax deductibility of health insurer executive compensation. Previously, the companies had a $1 million limit on the deductibility of executive pay from federal corporate income taxes. Now, health insurance companies are allowed to deduct only up to $500,000 in combined performance-based and salary pay per employee each year.

As a result of the deductibility limits under the health reform legislation known as Obamacare, the country's top 10 health insurers saw their collective corporate taxes increase by an estimated $72 million in 2013, according to the report, "Executive Excess 2014: The Obamacare Prescription for Bloated CEO Pay." Read more »

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
1:49pm
Wed Aug 13

Schneider Endorsed By National Medicare, Social Security Advocacy Group

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL,10) has gained the endorsement of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM), the nonpartisan membership organization announced Wednesday. 

"We're endorsing Congressman Brad Schneider for re-election to the House of Representatives, and we're doing so on behalf of our membership, and we're doing so because of his commitment to protecting Social Security and Medicare," NCPSSM's President and CEO Max Richtman said on a conference call Wednesday.

Schneider, of Deerfield, said he is "so grateful" and "honored" to have the endorsement of the Washington, D.C.-based NCPSSM, which represents nearly 4 million members nationwide, including about 5,000 in the state's 10th congressional district.

"The decisions we make in Congress today matter to these people [who depend on Medicare and Social Security], because it has an impact on their everyday existence," the congressman said. "We cannot address our fiscal imbalance by putting the burden on those who struggle the most. We have to address it, but we can't do it in a way that disadvantages our seniors, breaks our promises and flies in the face of our values by ending the Medicare guarantee or weakening Social Security."  Read more »

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
7:08pm
Wed Jul 30

Chicago City Council Roundup: Minimum Wage Bump, Phone Tax Hike & New Moratorium

Progress Illinois provides highlights from Wednesday's jam-packed Chicago City Council meeting.