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by Aricka Flowers
9:42pm
Thu Mar 13, 2014

Schneider Pushes For Unemployment Benefits Vote In House, Senate Reaches Tentative Deal

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL,10) has taken steps to push for the reactivation of long-term unemployment benefits in his chamber.

On Wednesday, Schneider introduced a discharge petition that could force the House to vote on an unemployment benefits extension package that would help the two million Americans who have seen their jobless insurance lapse since the December 28 expiration, which immediately affected 80,000 Illinoisans. An average of 72,000 Americans are losing their unemployment insurance each week as a result of the expiration of benefits for the long-term unemployed.

“Failing to extend unemployment insurance, a critical lifeline for many of our families, is shortsighted and hurts our communities and businesses,” Schneider said in a  release announcing his plans. “If my colleagues want to vote against the extension, I respect their right to disagree; but failing to even allow a vote goes against the very progress that families and our constituents demand. Partisan politics must not be allowed to get in the way of doing the right thing for our middle class families. That’s why I will file a measure to end the gridlock and force a vote on extending unemployment insurance.”

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by Aricka Flowers
8:07pm
Tue Jan 28, 2014

LIVE BLOG: State Of The Union Address 2014

As President Barack Obama gives his fifth State of the Union address Tuesday night, we will provide you with the highlights from the president's speech.

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by Ashlee Rezin
5:10pm
Mon Jan 13, 2014

Quinn Announces Emergency Rules For Petcoke Management In Illinois

    Gov. Pat Quinn announced the state’s plans to push for emergency administrative rules for the management of petroleum coke, or petcoke, a thick, powdery byproduct of oil refining that can pollute the air and water.

“We want to make sure that every neighborhood in the state of Illinois is protected from the hazard of petroleum coke,” Quinn said at a press conference Monday afternoon.

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by Aaron Cynic
4:39pm
Tue Nov 19, 2013

Public Pressure Over South Side Petcoke Piles Continues To Build

About a dozen demonstrators picketed outside the Union League Club this morning where Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Director Lisa Bonnett was giving a talk to local business leaders on environmental sustainability. The protesters wanted to voice their concerns to Bonnett over petroleum coke, also known as petcoke, which is a thick powdery byproduct of petroleum refining stored on Chicago’s South Side.

Holding a small sign reading “Stop the petcoke pollution,”  Tom Shepherd, president of the Southeast Environmental Task Force told reporters that in the neighborhood, “You can’t be outdoors when the wind is blowing hard” because the petcoke dust is blowing through the air.

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by Ellyn Fortino
11:52am
Fri Oct 18, 2013

Illiana Expressway Vote A 'Victory' For Some, 'Train Wreck' For Others

A key decision Thursday from a Chicago regional planning committee to approve the Illiana Expressway drew applause from a slew of elected officials and other supporters, but critics maintain that the proposed 47-mile tollway is a "train wreck" for public transportation and the environment. Progress Illinois takes a look at some of the pros and cons of the project. 

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by Aricka Flowers
1:34am
Tue Oct 1, 2013

U.S. Government Shutdown: How Did We Get Here And What's Next?

The U.S. government has shut down. Now what? Progress Illinois takes a look at how we got here and what could happen over the next several hours and days as leaders in the House and Senate refuse to give in to the other's demands.

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