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by Ellyn Fortino
8:51pm
Thu Apr 3

Reproductive Rights Advocates Demand Repeal Of Illinois' Abortion Notification Law (VIDEO)

Reproductive rights advocates and several youths took to Springfield Thursday to speak out against a state law requiring parental notification before a minor can obtain abortion services. 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, the Chicago Abortion Fund and the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH) hosted the day of advocacy at the Capitol to call for a repeal of the state's Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995, a law activists say puts teens in harm's way. 

"For many young women, having a family member notified is equivalent to them being abused, being kicked out of their home, or being forced to carry a pregnancy to term against their will," stressed Allie Carter, advocacy and outreach director at the ACLU of Illinois.  Read more »

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by Ellyn Fortino
3:58pm
Wed Apr 2

Chicago City Council Roundup: Emanuel Defends Pension Plan, Aldermen Call Mental Health Service Hearings

Progress Illinois provides some highlights from Wednesday's Chicago City Council meeting.

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4:42pm
Fri Mar 28

GUEST POST: The Affordable Care Act – Four Steps Forward for Women’s Health

The following was written by U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL,9) and University of Maine Professor Amy Fried.

March 31st marks the end of the first open enrollment period for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act – and also the end of Women’s History Month.  It’s a fitting coincidence because the Affordable Care Act is a historic step forward for America’s women. Actually, at least four steps forward. Read more »

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by Ellyn Fortino
6:19pm
Wed Mar 26

Breaking Down Quinn's State Budget Address

During his state budget address Wednesday, Gov. Pat Quinn said he wants to keep in place Illinois' temporary income tax hike that is set to expire in January. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the governor's proposal and offers some expert reaction to Quinn's election-year budget speech.

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by Ellyn Fortino
8:28pm
Mon Mar 24

Ahead Of Quinn's Budget Speech, Child Welfare Advocates Warn Against More Cuts To Vital Services

As the expiration of the state's temporary income tax hike approaches and budget cuts loom, family and child welfare advocates say Springfield lawmakers — and candidates running in November's General Election — should spell out what they will do to address health disparities among kids in Illinois.