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Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
4:02pm
Wed Mar 30, 2016

Health Care Union, Illinois Politicians Call Rauner A 'Deadbeat' Governor

State lawmakers and the union representing Illinois home care workers say Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's "deadbeat approach to governing" has resulted in a "crisis in care" for the state's most vulnerable residents.

According to the union, Illinois has a more than $235 million backlog in payments to home health care service providers, and 2,400 seniors have allegedly "fallen through the cracks as a result."

"There are real human consequences of the governor being a deadbeat. These agencies are essentially being asked to bankroll the lack of a state budget," Terri Harkin, vice president of the Home Care Division at SEIU* Healthcare Illinois, said during a news conference at the Thompson Center.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:10pm
Wed Mar 16, 2016

Rauner Takes A Hit In Illinois' Primary Elections

Progress Illinois breaks down the winners and losers in some key legislative races in which stakes were high for Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan. 

Quick Hit
by Michael Joyce
12:53pm
Mon Mar 7, 2016

Red-Light Camera Protest Eclipsed By Political Rivalry

What began as a protest against Chicago's red-light cameras quickly shifted into political grandstanding, as supporters of House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) showed up en masse to picket against 22nd district challenger Jason Gonzales.

Earlier in the day, at the corner of 63rd St. and Kedzie Ave., the Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras enjoyed raucous support from the pubic, as passing cars and pedestrians stopped to show their support.

Mark Wallace, director of Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras, says red-light cameras have been strategically placed throughout the city based on revenue potential, not safety needs.

"This was a scheme motivated by money, but presented to the public under the disguise of safety," Wallace said. "They choose primarily poor and low-income areas because they have high rates of traffic, where they would be able to get high rates of tickets and revenue. The city has, in effect, put into place a solution for a problem that didn't exist, under the disguise of safety."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
7:08pm
Wed Jul 30, 2014

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.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
11:57am
Wed Oct 16, 2013

Community Members Launch Economic Plan To 'Take Back Chicago' (VIDEO)

Chicagoans packed a town hall meeting Tuesday evening to launch a new social and economic justice agenda for the city. Progress Illinois was there to learn more about "Take Back Chicago."

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