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by Anthony Burke Boylan
8:49pm
Wed Apr 23, 2014

Chicago Environmentalists Take Fight To Doorstep Of 'Worst Corporate Polluters'

Grassroots groups from all over Chicago’s progressive landscape came together for a Climate Convergence on Earth Day, chanting for environmental and economic justice. The activists marched to corporations they say are the worst environmental offenders to deliver cease-and-desist orders, including Boeing Co., JPMorgan Chase Bank, and the British Petroleum oil company.

“If we do not have immediate change, we will face climate catastrophe by 2050,’’ said Jackie Spreadbury, an organizer with Global Climate Convergence Chicago. She called for people, planets and peace over profits as the rally began in front of the State of Illinois Center Tuesday, The event included speeches and protest songs like “This Land is Your Land’’ and original songs tailored to the event.

“The forces against us are strong, so fight not just these ten days, but every day,’’ she said, referring to the 10 days of action GCC has scheduled through May 1, or May Day. The May Day event is a march from the historically significant Haymarket Square to the ICE building on Congress Street to fight for immigration rights. Click through for more details and check back with Progress Illinois for coverage of Chicago's May Day events.

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by Public News Service
3:58pm
Wed Apr 9, 2014

Environmental Impact Continues Four Years After BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Nearly four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a new study says the disaster is far from over.

Much research remains to be done, said Dr. Doug Inkley, senior scientist for the National Wildlife Federation, but the science shows that wildlife still are feeling the impacts and the oil is not gone.

"There is oil on the bottom of the gulf, oil is washing up on the beaches and oil's still in the marshes," Inkley said. "I'm really not surprised by this, to tell you the truth. In Prince William Sound in Alaska, 25 years after the wreck of the Exxon Valdez, there are still some species that have not fully recovered — two-and-a-half decades later."

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by Matthew Blake
12:29pm
Tue Mar 6, 2012

Halvorson’s Voting Record Recent Focus Of 2nd District Race (UPDATED)

U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. enjoys a 54 percent to 32 percent lead against challenger Debbie Halvorson in Illinois’ 2nd District Congressional race, according to the latest poll by We Asked America.

Jackson has the endorsements of key Democratic Party leaders, from Barack Obama to Rahm Emanuel. The latest to endorse the 17-year congressman is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

The Jackson campaign has shaped discussion of the race lately by focusing on times in Congress when he voted differently than Halvorson, who served Illinois’ 11th District between January 2009 and January 2011.