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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:12pm
Thu Sep 25, 2014

Illinois College Dems Call Rodney Davis Out For Ryan Budget Votes

While U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI,1) was in Bloomington Wednesday to campaign for U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL,13), college students and critics of the Illinois Republican took to Twitter to blast Davis for supporting the conservative Ryan budget.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
1:49pm
Wed Aug 13, 2014

Schneider Endorsed By National Medicare, Social Security Advocacy Group

U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL,10) has gained the endorsement of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM), the nonpartisan membership organization announced Wednesday. 

"We're endorsing Congressman Brad Schneider for re-election to the House of Representatives, and we're doing so on behalf of our membership, and we're doing so because of his commitment to protecting Social Security and Medicare," NCPSSM's President and CEO Max Richtman said on a conference call Wednesday.

Schneider, of Deerfield, said he is "so grateful" and "honored" to have the endorsement of the Washington, D.C.-based NCPSSM, which represents nearly 4 million members nationwide, including about 5,000 in the state's 10th congressional district.

"The decisions we make in Congress today matter to these people [who depend on Medicare and Social Security], because it has an impact on their everyday existence," the congressman said. "We cannot address our fiscal imbalance by putting the burden on those who struggle the most. We have to address it, but we can't do it in a way that disadvantages our seniors, breaks our promises and flies in the face of our values by ending the Medicare guarantee or weakening Social Security." 

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by Ashlee Rezin
3:33pm
Tue Dec 10, 2013

U.S. Reps. Davis, Roskam Discuss The Future Of Medicare (VIDEO)

As the baby boomers are rapidly aging out of the workforce, the nation’s Medicare program is not financially secure enough to handle the increase in health care beneficiaries, according to a group of panelists who discussed reform proposals for the social safety net Monday night.

“The issue with Medicare is, we need to find more resources and we need to find better ways of delivering care,” said Cheryl Matheis, national senior policy strategist for the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). “We need to kind of hit a balance, but nobody has agreed on what the actual balance should be in order to make [the program] sound for the long term.”

Attempting to address what challenges the Medicare program faces and potential solutions for those challenges, Matheis was joined for the panel discussion by U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam (R, IL-6) and Danny K. Davis (D, IL-7), and Richard Baehr, chief political correspondent of the daily conservative online magazine, American Thinker. The Union League Club of Chicago, at which the panel was held, and WLS 890 AM, a broadcast radio station in Chicago, sponsored the event.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
4:57pm
Thu Dec 5, 2013

Seniors Rally Against Social Security Cuts, Tell Congress Not To Balance The Budget On Their Backs (VIDEO)

With Social Security reform on the table during congressional budget talks to reduce federal spending, about a dozen protesters, most of which were retirees, gathered in downtown Chicago Thursday to call on Congress to reject proposals that “balance the budget on the backs of seniors.”

“Keep your hands off our Social Security,” chanted the protesters who, organized by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) and the Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans, rallied at Federal Plaza.

The protesters urged Illinois’ congressional delegates to reject any legislative proposal that boosts the retirement age above 67, increases means testing for Medicare premiums or changes cost-of-living-adjustments to a chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation formula.

“This is becoming a budgetary issue, but it’s a matter of priorities,” said Jay Lewkowitz, 65, congressional district coordinator for the NCPSSM. “Our country needs to tell Congress that taking care of an aging population and making sure our safety net stays intact is a priority for us.”

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by Aricka Flowers
5:15pm
Tue Dec 3, 2013

Illinois Lawmakers Ram Pension Reform Bill Through, Labor Preps For Legal Fight (UPDATED)

The Illinois General Assembly passed a controversial pension reform bill Tuesday, and labor is now prepping for a legal fight.

The House voted in favor of the bill 62-53 and the Senate barely passed the measure with a 30-24 vote. The bill needed 30 votes to pass through the Senate.

State Sen. Linda Holmes (D-Aurora), who was the lone member of the ten-person, bipartisan conference that didn't vote for the bill to move out of committee said the state's pension debt is the fault of the state legislature — not public employees and retirees. She also pushed back against House Speaker Michael Madigan's (D-Chicago) assertion earlier today that the pension system was "too rich" for what the state to afford.

“I believe this was actually more caused by the fact that we as a state did not make our pension payments as we should have even though the employees worked and their full payments were made,” Holmes said. “So I think a lot of this problem stems from the fact that we actually didn’t do what we were obligated and should have done.”

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
12:10pm
Tue Dec 3, 2013

Illinois Lawmakers Poised To Rush Vote On Controversial Pension Reform Proposal

All eyes are on Springfield Tuesday as state lawmakers are expected to take another shot at approving legislation that addresses Illinois' $100 billion in pension debt, which is the worst in the nation. Progress Illinois takes a look at the proposal and includes some of the reaction about the plan thus far.

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