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by Op-Ed
3:16pm
Thu Mar 26, 2015

Op-Ed: Some Good, Some Bad In Obama Administration Plan To Protect Antibiotics

The following comes from Dev Gowda, an advocate with Illinois PIRG.

Plan fails to adequately address growing public health threat

Tomorrow the National Task Force for Combating Resistant Bacteria will release a five-year action plan to tackle the growing problem of antibiotic resistance. While the plan will take several important steps necessary to control the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, it will miss the opportunity to call for critical reforms in the agricultural sector that are essential to protect public health.

President Obama gets an 'A' for tackling this problem from multiple angles. But in terms of addressing the biggest problem, the troubling overuse and misuse of antibiotics on large factory farms, the administration gets an incomplete.

This lack of action to address the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture is notable in the face of recent commitments by several major retailers to curtail the purchase of meat raised with the routine use of the drugs.  Earlier this month, for instance, McDonald's announced it will phase out chicken raised with medically important antibiotics in its U.S. restaurants.  This policy will likely do more to confront the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture than the policies recommended in today's plan. 

Quick Hit
by Michael Joyce
12:25pm
Mon Mar 16, 2015

Undocumented Immigrants 'Come Out Of The Shadows' At Chicago Rally

The sixth annual National Coming Out of the Shadows rally took to Chicago's crowded downtown streets Saturday afternoon as revelers celebrated the city's St. Patrick's Day festivities.

The event, held by Chicago-based Organized Communities Against Deportation (OCAD), sought to highlight the struggles of undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation. The rally began with a call-and-response chant of "undocumented and unafraid!" Approximately 50 ralliers were in attendance from a broad array of ethnic backgrounds.

This year's Coming Out of the Shadows event also called on undocumented immigrants to make themselves known and mobilize, in the belief they will gain strength in numbers.

Speaking to the crowd, Antonio Gutierrez, one of the event's organizers, challenged the notion that lack of citizenship makes you any less of a citizen.

"We're all immigrants in this country," said Gutierrez, "just because you're undocumented it doesn't make you less of a human being.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
2:02pm
Mon Mar 9, 2015

Rauner, Illinois GOP Congressmen Call For Vote On Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Progress Illinois provides highlights from Monday's Illinois Business Immigration Coalition forum featuring Gov. Bruce Rauner, Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Illinois Republican Congressmen Bob Dold, Adam Kinzinger and Aaron Schock, during which the officials called on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

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