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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Feb 7

Economists, Health Policy Experts Weigh In On The CBO Obamacare Report

In the coming years, some Americans will voluntarily reduce their work hours or decide not to be employed at all as a result of the health coverage available under the Affordable Care Act, a report released Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office shows. Progress Illinois takes a closer look at the report, which has prompted strong reaction from both supporters and opponents of the health reform law.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Dec 11, 2013

Chicago City Council Approves Independent Budget Office; Elected School Board Referendum Gets Squeezed

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

Quick Hit
by Nathan Greenhalgh
Fri Nov 15, 2013

Duckworth Says Broad Support For Immigration Reform May Circumvent Republican Opposition

U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth said she “has some optimism” that Congress can pass immigration reform despite House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH,8) announcing on Wednesday that House Republicans will not conference the recent Senate bill.

In a town hall meeting via teleconference Thursday evening, Duckworth told Progress Illinois that the amount of the support for the issue may overcome congressional Republican resistance to comprehensive immigration reform, although she conceded that it will not be easy to accomplish.

“It is not just Democrats who want this, I have spoken with chambers of commerce and businesses that want to see comprehensive immigration reform,” Duckworth said. “Where we are now won’t work. I think we have an opportunity before the next election, but it’s going to be a tough road.”

Quick Hit
Wed Nov 6, 2013

Letter To The Editor - Let’s Be Honest: Cutting Food Assistance Increases Hunger

The following Letter To The Editor was submitted by the Economic Justice Team (Dan Lesser, Lena Silver, Kali Grant) at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

Last week the Illinois Watchdog published an article that trivialized the effects of the Nov. 1 SNAP benefit cuts, stating they were “neither a surprise nor a problem.”  The article propagates myths about the program and misses the larger point about the hunger crisis in this country: the USDA estimates that 49 million Americans are food insecure, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members, a number that will increase as a result of these cuts.