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by Josh Kalven
11:52am
Wed Apr 9, 2008

More Bad News On Illinois Health Care

The Families USA report isn't the only discouraging news on the health care front here in Illinois. A study recently released by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (part of the Federal Health and Human Services Department) analyzed over 100 separate metrics and ...
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by Mose Buchele
10:53am
Wed Apr 9, 2008

"Dying For Coverage"

Every week in Illinois, 18 people needlessly die because they lack health insurance. That is the key finding in a new report by the nonprofit group Families USA. In 2006, the report (PDF) estimates that 960 Illinoisans died for lack of insurance: In 2006, there were ...
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by Adam Doster
11:20am
Tue Apr 8, 2008

Affordable Housing Increasingly "Out Of Reach"

As we briefly mentioned in the Early Bird, there is some pretty unsettling data in a new report by the National Low Income Housing Coalition this morning. Titled "Out of Reach 2007-2008," the report shows that nationally, the gap between low-income Americans ...
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by Adam Doster
10:57am
Tue Apr 8, 2008

On Immigrant Rights, Illinois At Top Of The Class

Over at Illinois Issues, Daniel Vock has a great run-down of the state's progressive accomplishments on immigrant rights. As statehouses across the nation ramp up their nativist rhetoric and strip undocumented immigrants of rights and benefits, Vock shows how Illinois ...
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by Josh Kalven
11:06am
Mon Apr 7, 2008

Give Rep. Smith's Graduated Tax Plan A Push

Prairie State Blue has put out the call for readers to contact their representatives in Springfield and urge them to support HJRCA 42. And it's one we second. This is the constitutional amendment proposed by Rep. Mike Smith (D-Canton) to replace Illinois' flat income ...
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by Mose Buchele
3:49pm
Fri Apr 4, 2008

While Sauerberg Postures, Durbin Fights for Homeowners

After officially kicking off his general election campaign on Wednesday, Republican Steve Sauerberg has begun traversing the state in his attempt to unseat Sen. Dick Durbin this November. At a stop yesterday in Springfield, Sauerberg proclaimed: "It is time that ...
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by Adam Doster
2:58pm
Fri Apr 4, 2008

Blurring King's Legacy

Today marks 40 years since Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. In commemoration of this solemn anniversary, The American Prospect's Kai Wright penned a thoughtful essay about the civil rights leader's forgotten, radical legacy: His "Letter from a ...
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by Mose Buchele
1:21pm
Fri Apr 4, 2008

Unconscionable Acts: The Payday Loan Industry In Illinois

In 2005, Chicago resident Kimberly took out a payday loan to cover some bills. She says the process was easy, after signing a few forms she walked away with the cash. The lenders would simply withdraw her loan payments from her checking account. Little did she know she was ...
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by Adam Doster
12:22pm
Fri Apr 4, 2008

Dem State Rep. Challenging Illinois' Regressive Flat Income Tax

State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican, called it "class warfare." Others have named it "the Robin Hood referendum." But Rep. Mike Smith (D-Canton) has offered a simple solution to the state's revenue problem: double the 3 percent state income ...

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