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by Ellyn Fortino
11:10am
Fri Aug 26, 2016

Millennials & Their Children Face Massive Economic Hit If Climate Change Goes Unchecked

Millennials and future generations will face staggering economic losses over their lifetimes due to climate change if current trends continue, according to a new report.

Demos and NextGen Climate sought to quantify the economic costs of climate change on millennials and their children.

Without significant climate change action, a 21-year-old college graduate from the class of 2015 with median earnings could lose more than $126,000 in lifetime income and $187,000 in wealth as a result of environmental problems, the report found. A 21-year-old with median earnings but no college degree stands to lose $100,000 in income and $142,000 in wealth over a lifetime.

For the entire millennial generation, the total loss of lifetime income due to climate change could hit nearly $8.8 trillion, the study showed.

"Climate change may very well be the biggest threat ever faced over the lifetime of a single generation, impacting the incomes, wealth and livelihoods of millions of millennials," NextGen Climate President Tom Steyer said in a statement. "We have a moral responsibility to act so that our children are not crushed by the costs of climate change."

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by Aricka Flowers
11:44pm
Wed Nov 5, 2014

Analysis: 2014 Youth Vote Comparable To Other Midterm Elections

The youth vote in Tuesday's election is reminiscent of the numbers seen in past midterm elections, according to an analysis by the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement, a non-partisan research center on youth engagement at Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.

At least 9.9 million people between the ages of 18 and 29 took part in the 2014 election. This cycle's youth vote of 21.3 percent one day post election is slightly up from 2010, when the figure was 20.4 percent.

According to the researchers, Democrats still have an advantage with young voters, despite the strong year for Republicans.

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by Ashlee Rezin
3:57pm
Wed Sep 25, 2013

Local Organizations Push For Increased Civic Engagement On National Voter Registration Day (VIDEO)

With the 2014 general election just 13 months away and voter registration numbers at an all-time low, hundreds of volunteers took to Chicagoland streets Tuesday to mark National Voter Registration Day in an effort to get as many new voters on the rolls as possible.

“Election after election, millions of voters aren’t able to vote because they miss voter registration deadlines or they didn’t know how to register,” said Rebecca Reynolds, 28, executive director of Chicago Votes. “This day is a day to try to make sure we leave no one out.”

Chicago Votes, a volunteer-run civic engagement advocacy group, served as Illinois’ lead organization on Tuesday’s national day of action to increase voter registration. More than 40 local groups, including the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, partnered with Chicago Votes to encourage residents to exercise their basic right to vote.

“Voter registration has hit an all-time low in the city of Chicago,” said Reynolds. “We’re trying to make voter registration easier, and more accessible to everybody.”

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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.

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by Nathan Greenhalgh
5:51pm
Fri Mar 8, 2013

Jon Huntsman Says GOP Must Become More Progressive

Republican presidential primary candidate Jon Huntsman said it's time his party adopt a more progressive stance on a number of issues at the University of Chicago Thursday evening.

At the event, organized by the university’s Institute of Politics, the former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China under the Obama administration took questions from journalist and Fox News contributor Juan Williams as well as the audience. In his answers, Huntsman described himself as a solid Republican, but was strongly critical of the direction his party has taken, adding that its doubtful that the GOP will find electoral success in future elections if they do not change.

“The minute we start to divorce fact and science from our public policy debate, we are adrift,” Huntsman said. “If Republicans are going to succeed long-term, we have to be the party of reality.”

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by Michael Sandler
4:23pm
Wed Nov 7, 2012

Thompson Center Viewing Party Attendees Detail What They Want To See In Obama's Second Term (VIDEO)

The chilly November weather didn’t keep about 75 people from gathering at the Thompson Center in what would turn out to be an election night victory party for President Barack Obama.

As part of CNN’s nationwide “Election Night in America” promotion, a jumbo TV screen was erected just outside the building, and the pro-Obama crowd cheered every time it was announced the president won another state.

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by Steven Ross Johnson
9:35am
Tue Nov 6, 2012

Youth Vote Expected To Be Less Than In '08, But Still Trending Obama

Voter enthusiasm among young people has appeared to have gone up since summer, according to the findings of a recent analysis that showed Pres. Barack Obama with a significant advantage over Republican challenger Mitt Romney among voters under the age of 30.

In a survey of more than 1,000 individuals between ages 18 and 29, 54 percent said in mid-October they were “extremely likely” to vote, up from 44 percent when the same group was asked in July, according to The Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, which conducted the study.

The number of young people that said they were either “extremely likely” or “very likely” to vote also increased, from 60 percent in July to 67 percent last month.