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by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Dec 19, 2014

Federal $10.10 Minimum Wage Would Benefit 25 Million Workers, Study Finds

More than 60 million people in working U.S. households rely on the income of a low-wage worker, 25 million of whom would benefit from a $10.10 an hour federal minimum wage, according to a new study. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the report's findings and who would be impacted by such a wage increase in Illinois.

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by Steven Ross Johnson
Tue Nov 6, 2012

Bustos Pushes For Votes On Election Day In The 17th Congressional District

In a race where local issues have taken on national significance, 17th congressional district Democratic challenger Cheri Bustos spent Election Day travelling throughout the region in a last ditch effort to encourage more voter turnout in her bid to unseat first-term, Tea Party-backed incumbent U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling.

In one of the state’s largest districts geographically, Bustos, a former journalist and alderwoman of East Moline, spent the early morning hours of the day in the city of Rockford, meeting with voters at several stops before driving across the state to the Quad Cities in order to cast her own vote.

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by Matthew Blake
Mon Nov 5, 2012

Illinois Republicans Rake In Super PAC Cash, Dark Money

If tomorrow’s six extremely close (see recent polls here and our voter guide here) Illinois congressional races were solely determined by outside spending, that is money poured into the races that the candidates themselves did not raise, the Republican candidates would win by a landslide.

In the 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, and 17th district Congressional races, Republicans are getting millions of dollars more from Super Political Action Committees and “dark money” groups.