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by Ellyn Fortino
6:40pm
Tue Sep 23

A Closer Look At The 8th Congressional District Race

Progress Illinois takes a look at the 8th congressional district race that pits incumbent Democrat Tammy Duckworth against Republican challenger Larry Kaifesh.

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 »

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
2:53pm
Thu Jul 24

Chicagoans Push Back Against Walgreens' Potential Tax Inversion (VIDEO)

Tax fairness activists delivered 70,000 petition signatures to a downtown Chicago Walgreens store Thursday, calling on the nation’s largest pharmacy chain to remain a U.S company and pay its "fair share of taxes."

It is rumored that Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. is considering plans to reincorporate itself offshore in Switzerland, a "tax haven," through a maneuver called a corporate tax inversion. Such a move could reportedly cost U.S. taxpayers $4 billion in lost tax revenue over a five-year period. Read more »

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by Ellyn Fortino
5:26pm
Wed Jun 18

Most Illinois Congressional Members Get Passing Grades On National Poverty Scorecard

Six Democratic members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation had a perfect voting record in 2013 on legislation important to people living in poverty, according to a new scorecard and report published by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

Meanwhile, no Republican Congressmen from Illinois earned a grade higher than a 'D' on the center's 2013 Poverty Scorecard, which looked at the voting record of every U.S. senator and representative on poverty-related issues during the last calendar year. The scores were tabulated based on 18 votes taken in the House and Senate on legislation covering a variety of subject areas including budget and tax, food and nutrition, health care, immigrants, cash assistance, domestic violence, education and the workforce, to name a few. Read more »

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by Ellyn Fortino
6:09pm
Wed Jun 11

Tax Fairness Groups Rally Against Walgreen's Potential $4 Billion Tax Dodge (VIDEO)

Tax fairness activists rallied outside of the Walgreens downtown Chicago flagship store Wednesday morning in protest of possible plans by the nation's biggest pharmacy chain to move its corporate address from Illinois to Switzerland, a "tax haven."

Toting signs reading "Walgreens, don't shortchange America," about 20 activists called on Deerfield-based Walgreen Co. to remain an Illinois company and drop a potential plan to reincorporate itself offshore through a maneuver called a "corporate tax inversion." The move could cost U.S. taxpayers $4 billion in lost tax revenue over a five-year period, shows a new report released ahead of today's protest by Americans for Tax Fairness and Change to Win Retail Initiatives.

"If Walgreens relinquishes Illinois roots by becoming a Swiss company, it will not only be a betrayal of the people of the great state of Illinois, it will undermine critical taxpayer-funded services that we all rely on," stressed William McNary, co-director of Citizen Action/Illinois. "If Walgreens moves it corporate address offshore, it will still take advantage of all the benefits it gets from operating in America. It will still get the $72 billion in annual sales that we give them every year. It will still get the $16 billion that we as taxpayers give them for Medicare and Medicaid." Read more »