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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Jun 18

Most Illinois Congressional Members Get Passing Grades On National Poverty Scorecard

Six Democratic members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation had a perfect voting record in 2013 on legislation important to people living in poverty, according to a new scorecard and report published by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

Meanwhile, no Republican Congressmen from Illinois earned a grade higher than a 'D' on the center's 2013 Poverty Scorecard, which looked at the voting record of every U.S. senator and representative on poverty-related issues during the last calendar year. The scores were tabulated based on 18 votes taken in the House and Senate on legislation covering a variety of subject areas including budget and tax, food and nutrition, health care, immigrants, cash assistance, domestic violence, education and the workforce, to name a few. Read more »

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by Ashlee Rezin
Thu May 15

Public Policy Experts Analyze The State Of Voting Rights In America (VIDEO)

Nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) dealt a major blow to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a group of public policy experts met at the University of Chicago Wednesday night to debate whether the right to vote is under threat.

“We’re talking about the right to vote, which is an undercarriage of democracy. We’re talking about a right that has been challenged, fought for, bled for throughout the years ... And it’s something that should not be encumbered,” said Tanya Clay House, public policy director for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Read more »