The country has made great strides in the 50 years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was signed into law, but much remains to be accomplished, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL,11) said at a panel discussion on the topic in Darien Monday morning.
July 2 marked 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and natural origin.
"As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and all the steps forward ... we really have to continue to ask ourselves: What are the great civil right struggles that we face today," Foster asked at the talk with community members, held at the Indian Prairie Public Library in DuPage County.
The Illinois Senate has adjourned for the day, leaving the Fair Tax Act untouched. Meanwhile, the GOP-backed amendment to impose term limits on state lawmakers died in the chamber Tuesday.
Despite a large rally by Illinoisans calling for a chance to vote on the Fair Tax Act and attempts by sponsor State Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) to drum up support in the House, the amendment was not called up for a vote in the Senate. The amendment, which would have installed a progressive income tax in the state, had to pass through the Senate today in order to even potentially meet the deadline to make it onto the November ballot.
The Chicago City Council’s remap of its 50 wards this year means new
polling places for Chicago residents looking to cast their ballots tomorrow.
is going to be an issue for some of our voters who don’t check their
polling places,” acknowledged Langdon Neal, chairman for the Chicago
Board of Election at a press conference this morning. “If you do not
follow the instructions and you don’t check your polling place, you
Neal said that Chicago voters uncertain about where
to vote tomorrow can call the Chicago Board of Elections at 312-269-7870
and “we can tell you where to go.”
Windy City voters may also
text message their street address to 312-361-8846 to get their polling
place. For example, the common address number then street format of 1234
W. 56th St. would produce a reply text with a polling place.
gave these nitty-gritty logistics at a press conference intended to
promote the success of early voting in Chicago and suburban Cook County.
Neal and Cook County Clerk Orr say the percentage of registered voters who participated in early balloting this year set a new record.
In a deadlocked race with U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling
(R-Colona), Democratic congressional candidate Cheri Bustos has started a "voter protection hotline" to ensure everyone is
guaranteed their right to vote.