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PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
6:10pm
Fri Jan 22

Election Preview: Democratic Primary Race Heats Up In 8th Congressional District

Progress Illinois talks with the two leading candidates running in the 8th congressional district's Democratic primary race.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
2:04pm
Thu Aug 6, 2015

Illinois Legislature Recognized For Passing Key Progressive Policies In 2015 (UPDATED)

Illinois got a nod in a new top 10 list of progressive policies passed during state legislative sessions this year.

The State Innovation Exchange (SiX), a group working with state legislators to advance progressive policies across the country, compiled the list. SiX was formed in an effort to counter the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that crafts and pushes conservative, corporate-friendly state legislation.

According to SiX's review, the top 10 state-level progressive measures approved thus far in 2015 involve the following: closing the wage gap for women and minorities; accommodating pregnant workers; implementing earned sick leave; expanding access to higher education; tackling the student debt crisis; reducing carbon emissions; modernizing voter registration; repealing the death penalty; increasing police accountability and public safety; and preventing abusers and stalkers from obtaining guns.

"We are convinced that progressives are right on the issues and the SiX review of the states bears that out. From advancing the economic security of working families to improving access to voting we saw that even in a map that is deeply red, progressives were able to achieve some important policy victories in 2015," SiX Executive Director Nick Rathod said in a statement. "I'm confident that as SiX grows and is able to better resource, train and organize legislators around the country, we can help to see that progressives are able to achieve more of the types of policy victories like those that made the list this year."

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
4:52pm
Mon Nov 18, 2013

New Report Sheds Some Light On The Illinois Policy Institute's 'Big-Money Funders'

A series of new reports allege that the State Policy Network (SPN) and its web of think tanks, including the Illinois Policy Institute, are reportedly driving a "right-wing agenda" across all 50 states. Progress Illinois takes a look at the reports and the "big-money funders" behind SPN and its affiliated think tank in Illinois.

PI Original
by Micah Maidenberg
2:39pm
Mon Mar 14, 2011

Vouchers Bubble Up Again In Springfield

What are the similarities between this year's vouchers push for CPS and last year's? The broader Springfield context and a new mayor in Chicago.

Quick Hit
by Josh Kalven
9:54am
Mon May 10, 2010

The Voucher Debate Continues

The school voucher bill that failed in the Illinois House last week may surface again later this year, according to its sponsor, Rep.

PI Original
by Josh Kalven
11:54am
Thu May 6, 2010

A Unified Theme In The School Voucher Debate: "We've Failed"

During the debate in the Illinois House yesterday over the school voucher bill, both sides agreed on one thing: The public school system in Illinois is failing its students.

PI Original
by Adam Doster
1:23pm
Tue May 4, 2010

What To Watch As Lawmakers Wrap Up In Springfield

Aside from the state budget, there are plenty of bills with statewide significance that will likely be addressed before the General Assembly brings the session to an end this week.

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