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by Ellyn Fortino
4:16pm
Wed Dec 4, 2013

U.S. Rep. Schakowsky, Fellow Lawmakers Take Aim At ALEC's Upcoming Agenda

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is once again under fire from critics, including U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL,9), following new revelations published Tuesday in The Guardian about the large conservative group.

The Guardian's report, based on a number of leaked ALEC documents, show that the group is reportedly creating a new 501(c)(4) social welfare organization called the "Jeffersonian Project." Critics say this new sister group is being formed in an attempt to skirt IRS rules that currently prevent ALEC from lobbying due to its 501(c)(3) charitable organization status. As a 501(c)(4) group, the Jeffersonian Project would be able to lobby, while also raking in anonymous donations.

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI,2), who spoke on an press call along with Schakowsky Wednesday about the recent ALEC news, argued that despite the group's current 501(c)(3) status, it's already one of largest lobbying organizations in the nation.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
5:13pm
Wed Aug 28, 2013

Local Police Chiefs Talk Gun Violence Prevention With Congressman Schneider, State Rep. Drury

Local law enforcement officials say gun violence is plaguing Cook and Cook counties, and they called upon U.S. Rep. Brad Schneider (D, IL-10) and State Rep. Scott Drury (D-Highwood) for help Wednesday at a roundtable discussion on the matter. Progress Illinois was there for the meeting.

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:00pm
Thu Aug 8, 2013

Report: Hundreds Of ALEC Bills Introduced This Year Promote A Corporate Agenda

In the first six months of 2013, 466 pieces of ALEC-backed legislation promoting the agenda of “polluters, privatizers, and profiteers” were introduced in statehouses across the country, according to a report released Thursday by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD). Progress Illinois takes a closer look at ALEC and the legislation for which it advocates.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
12:07am
Wed Feb 27, 2013

Robin Kelly Wins Illinois' 2nd Congressional District Primary Election (VIDEO)

Former State Rep. Robin Kelly of Matteson has won the Illinois 2nd Congressional District's primary election Tuesday to become the Democratic nominee in the race to fill the seat left vacant by disgraced former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.

Kelly will run in the district’s April 9 general election to replace Jackson Jr., who pled guilty last week to misusing some $750,000 in campaign funds.

With more than half of the district's 545 precincts reporting, Kelly won the special primary with 54 percent of the vote. Major contenders during Kelly’s campaign were Democratic candidates former congresswoman Debbie Halvorson and Chicago Ald. Anthony Beale (9th).

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
6:44pm
Tue Feb 26, 2013

Low Expectations For Voter Turnout Met With Even Worse Attendance Than Anticipated In Homewood

On any other election day, voters would typically be lined up outside Winston Churchill School in Homewood waiting for the polling doors to open at 6 a.m.

But when today’s special 2nd congressional district primary kicked off, only one person was waiting, said Homewood election judge Lester Kloss.

“That pretty much set the tone of the day,” said Kloss, who’s worked Homewood elections since 2004.

“We knew it was going to be light, but we didn’t think it was going to be quite this light.”