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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Jan 7, 2015

Fioretti Talks Ride-Sharing Safety, Ethics & Policing At U of C

Progress Illinois provides highlights from Ald. Bob Fioretti's Monday talk about his Chicago mayoral bid a the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics.

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by Aricka Flowers
Thu Jun 13, 2013

Illinois Environmental Activists Continue Fight Against Fracking

The fight against fracking in Illinois continues.

This time, activists from MoveOn.org, Food & Water Watch, the Progressive Democrats of America, Americans Against Fracking and other groups took to Wrigleyville and demanded that lawmakers not "play ball with the oil and gas industry."

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by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Sep 28, 2012

"The MoveOn Effect": How Technology Is Changing Political Advocacy

Older advocacy organizations on both sides of the aisle face a serious dilemma – adapt with new technology or go extinct, says the author of the new book “The MoveOn Effect.”

Political advocacy groups concentrated on the left that have popped up over the last decade, such as MoveOn.org and Daily Kos, among others, have redefined membership and successfully mobilized mass amounts of people around the issues of the day faster than ever before, says author David Karpf, assistant professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University

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by Progress Illinois
Tue Aug 7, 2012

Op-Ed: The Caterpillar Strike And The Middle Class

The following is written by Ron Kurowski of the South Suburban MoveOn Council.

It is not unusual for a company if it is in financial distress, faced with outrageous demands or is unable to compete in a tough economy to play hard-ball during contract negotiations with a union. However none of these apply to the strike by Local 851 of the International Association of Machinists at Caterpillar’s hydraulic manufacturing plant in Channahon, IL. That is what makes this work-stoppage so troubling.

Caterpillar is a very profitable company. It reported second-quarter profits of $1.7 billion, up 67 percent from a year earlier; a year in which Caterpillar earned $4.7 billion in profits. Despite its profitability and the fact that Caterpillar workers had their wages frozen during the previous six-year contract, the company is demanding the wage freeze be extended for its 780 union members for six more years, that workers pay a greater share of health care costs and that major changes be made to the seniority provision in the contract.