Despite having lost the Democratic presidential nomination, "the Bernie revolution" will continue with the "next phase" launching nationwide Wednesday night.
Some 2,600 watch parties and meetings are set to take place across the country tonight as former Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addresses thousands of his supporters to "lay out some of the next steps we can take as a movement to empower a wave of progressive candidates this November and win the major upcoming fights for the values we share," according to Our Revolution President Jeff Weaver, who also served as Sanders' presidential campaign manager.
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL,8) slammed U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R) during an economic policy speech Tuesday at the City Club of Chicago.
Duckworth reiterated her call for Kirk to apologize to President Barack Obama for saying the POTUS was acting like the "drug dealer-in-chief" over the Obama administration's $400 million January payment to Iran. Critics of the payment say it was "ransom" for four American prisoners, while the administration says the money was part of a frozen 1979 settlement with the Iranian government that was used as "leverage" for the safe return of the hostages.
"You can disagree with the President without resorting to this kind of inflammatory rhetoric, which is not only offensive, it's totally unhelpful to the cause of a more stable and secure world," Duckworth said.
"Senator Kirk has joined the rogue's gallery of the President's fiercest -- and most unhinged -- critics, and for that he should be ashamed," she added. "What he said is beneath the dignity of the office he now holds, and Senator Kirk should apologize immediately to the President, as well as to the people of Illinois."
Environmentalists are following U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) on the campaign trail this week to counter his "Illinois First" bus tour message.
NextGen Climate Illinois is showing up at Kirk's campaign stops as part of its own bus tour, called "Kirk First." The environmental group wants to hold "Senator Kirk accountable for his actions" and show "voters how he puts his own self interests above those of Illinois."
"Despite what he'd like constituents to believe, Senator Kirk has shown that he does not put 'Illinois First,'" NextGen Climate Illinois spokeswoman Katie Cronin said in a statement. "He has voted to protect tax breaks for Big Oil and has voted to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon pollution. It is clear that Senator Kirk does what he thinks he has to do to get re-elected at the expense of the people of Illinois."
Chicago Public Schools officials heard familiar pleas for more school funding during a budget hearing Wednesday night in the South Loop.
CPS convened the 6 p.m. hearing to get public feedback on the district's proposed $338 million capital budget for 2017. The hearing, held at the National Teachers Academy, was thinly attended and ended an hour early.
"I like the capital plan, but most people came here because they lost teachers at their school, they lost programs at their school," Martin Ritter with the Chicago Teachers Union told CPS officials.
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