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by Ellyn Fortino
3:28pm
Mon Aug 22, 2016

Fair Economy Activists Arrested At Protest Against Corporate 'Tax Dodgers' (VIDEO) (UPDATED)

Members of Fair Economy Illinois took aim at corporate "tax dodgers" during a Monday afternoon protest outside Exelon's Chicago offices. Activists danced the Electric Slide in the street, and 10 protesters were ultimately arrested after they sat down in a downtown intersection and refused to move.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
3:48pm
Wed Jun 15, 2016

Illinois Child Care Assistance Program Serves 55,000 Fewer Children After Rauner Budget Cuts, Union Claims (UPDATED)

SEIU Healthcare Illinois officials say the state's Child Care Assistance Program is now serving 55,000 fewer children because of budget cuts made by the Rauner administration. 

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
4:22pm
Tue Jun 7, 2016

Former Illinois Governor Calls For Compromise In Springfield As Budget Impasse Continues

With the state budget stalemate nearing the one-year mark, former Illinois Republican Gov. Jim Edgar made a plea Tuesday for "civility," "compromise" and "compassion" in Springfield.

Speaking in Chicago, Edgar said the "best public policy comes out of compromise," explaining that "you can't get things done if you're not willing to meet your adversaries halfway."

"We ought to have checks and balances, but we shouldn't have shouting matches," he added at the "Illinois: Vision for the Future" event, hosted by the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform at the Standard Club.

Edgar, who became governor in 1991 and served two terms, said Illinois is currently in the "worst shape" he seen over the 50 years he's been around state government.

"We have so many people out there hurting because government's not solving the problem," he stressed. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:34pm
Tue May 31, 2016

With End Of Legislative Session Looming, Illinois Budget Deal Appears Unlikely

Tuesday marks the last day of the regular legislative session in Illinois, and it appears unlikely that state lawmakers and the governor will reach a budget deal by the deadline. Progress Illinois rounds up the developments out of Springfield. 

Quick Hit
by Michael Joyce
12:53pm
Mon Mar 7, 2016

Red-Light Camera Protest Eclipsed By Political Rivalry

What began as a protest against Chicago's red-light cameras quickly shifted into political grandstanding, as supporters of House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) showed up en masse to picket against 22nd district challenger Jason Gonzales.

Earlier in the day, at the corner of 63rd St. and Kedzie Ave., the Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras enjoyed raucous support from the pubic, as passing cars and pedestrians stopped to show their support.

Mark Wallace, director of Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras, says red-light cameras have been strategically placed throughout the city based on revenue potential, not safety needs.

"This was a scheme motivated by money, but presented to the public under the disguise of safety," Wallace said. "They choose primarily poor and low-income areas because they have high rates of traffic, where they would be able to get high rates of tickets and revenue. The city has, in effect, put into place a solution for a problem that didn't exist, under the disguise of safety."

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