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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Aug 8, 2013

Report: Hundreds Of ALEC Bills Introduced This Year Promote A Corporate Agenda

In the first six months of 2013, 466 pieces of ALEC-backed legislation promoting the agenda of “polluters, privatizers, and profiteers” were introduced in statehouses across the country, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD). Progress Illinois takes a closer look at ALEC and the legislation for which it advocates.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Apr 25, 2013

Voices For Illinois Children Discusses Quinn's Proposed Budget, Offers Revenue Solutions

With a little more than a month remaining in the spring legislative session in Springfield, advocates for Illinois children say it's important to understand the factors driving the state's fiscal year 2014 budget debate and what can be done to help avoid damaging cuts to education and other critical programs.

David Lloyd, senior policy analyst with the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children, told advocates on a web conference call this week that maintaining funding for their priorities depends on a sustainable state budget that raises necessary revenues.

“These are difficult choices, but I think eventually the math wins," Lloyd said. "Without additional revenues to pay the liabilities such as pensions and Medicaid, Illinois will be forced to cut other programs. There’s just no other way around it."

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by Ashlee Rezin
Wed Feb 27, 2013

Robin Kelly Wins Illinois' 2nd Congressional District Primary Election (VIDEO)

Former State Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson has won the Illinois 2nd Congressional District's primary election Tuesday to become the Democratic nominee in the race to fill the seat left vacant by disgraced former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

Kelly will run in the district’s April 9 general election to replace Jackson Jr., who pled guilty last week to misusing some $750,000 in campaign funds.

With more than half of the district's 545 precincts reporting, Kelly won the special primary with 54 percent of the vote. Major contenders during Kelly’s campaign were Democratic candidates former congresswoman Debbie Halvorson and Chicago Ald. Anthony Beale (9th).

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by Matthew Blake
Fri Dec 14, 2012

Making Sense Of 2nd Congressional District Special Election A Daunting Task For Voters

The special election to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in Congress is already chaotic, with seven declared Democratic candidates, an erstwhile favorite bringing a gun into an airport and talk that Jackson’s brother will throw his hat in the ring. Progress Illinois takes a look at the race thus far.