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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Sep 30, 2013

Chicago's Federal Workers To Congress: Stop Political Games, Avoid Government Shutdown (VIDEO)

With the threat of a government shutdown getting closer by the hour, more than 60 federal civilian employees protested at Chicago’s Federal Plaza Monday, calling on Congress to “stop the lockout.” Progress Illinois attended the rally.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Sep 23, 2013

Illinois Congressmen Say Government Shutdown Likely, Blast Republicans For 'Playing Politics'

The U.S. House's vote to fund the federal government on the condition that the Affordable Care Act be defunded is leading many lawmakers to believe that the likelihood of a government shutdown is becoming increasingly more probable.

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL, 5) says he believes there will be at least a short-term closure of the federal government due to the latest spending battle in Congress.

"Normally I am an optimistic person," Quigley said at an unrelated Chicago press conference Monday. "I mean I'm a Cub(s) fan. Anybody can have a bad century. But this Congress is having a bad couple years. I think one of the problems that we're facing here is that Speaker Boehner doesn't have control of his caucus."

"It is a multi-headed monster, and I think that the tip of the dog's tail, not just the tail wagging the dog, it's the tip of the dog's tail wagging the body politic," the congressman continued.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Sep 20, 2013

U.S. Reps. Andrews, Van Hollen Slam Republicans Over Vote To Defund ObamaCare

With the threat of a government shut down just days away, U.S. Reps. Rob Andrews (D, NJ-1) and Chris Van Hollen (D, MD-8) blasted House Republicans on Friday for voting for a short-term spending bill that also defunds ObamaCare.

“There’s not a soul who thinks that the bill that passed today has any chance of becoming law,” Andrews said on a conference call with reporters. “Not Ted Cruz. Not John Boehner. Not Eric Cantor. No one. Every understands this was just an exercise in futility.”

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by Aricka Flowers
Thu Sep 19, 2013

Really, Koch Brothers? Agenda To Take Down Obamacare Hits A New Low (VIDEO)

Generation Opportunity, a youth advocacy group that is heavily bankrolled by the notorious Koch Brothers (Charles and David), launched an ad campaign Thursday meant to "to highlight alternatives to expensive and creepy Obamacare exchanges."

But what is creepy about the #OptOut campaign are the two new ads that feature a weird-looking Uncle Sam performing a pap smear and rectal exam. No joke.