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5:42pm
Tue Apr 29, 2014

Guest Post: As Lawmakers Make Final Decision On Fair Tax, Illinoisans Deliver Message To Springfield: ‘Let the Voters Decide’

The following guest post is from A Better Illinois, an organization “working to restore our state’s commitment to accountability, fairness and a strong middle class.”

Senate expected to vote on Fair Tax Act today; citizens from all corners of the state demand a ‘YES’ vote from legislators in both chambers to put Fair Tax on November ballot

An enthusiastic crowd of over 1,000 – waving signs that read “Let Voters Decide” and “Fair Tax = Tax Cut,” while chanting “we want a vote” and “Fair Tax now” – gathered today at the state capitol.  With just 72 hours until the deadline to pass the Fair Tax Act, they demanded lawmakers vote ‘YES’ on resolutions that would put the Fair Tax on the November ballot. A Fair Tax – with lower rates for lower incomes and higher rates for higher incomes – is supported by 77% of Illinois voters.

DeAundra Tunstall, a child care provider from the Metro East area, attended today’s rally and pleaded with legislators to give citizens a vote.  “Please help us fight to put this on the ballot for November,” she said.

The tax relief provided with a Fair Tax would help her clients put food in their refrigerators and purchase other necessities, she added.

Dan Montgomery, President of the Illinois Federation of Teachers and a high school English teacher of seventeen years, told the crowd of a recent visit to an East St. Louis school, which did not have enough textbooks for their students. 

“If there are 28 kids in a class, you ought to have 28 textbooks. Those textbooks shouldn’t be ripped and torn, without covers.  Those textbooks shouldn’t be 10 years old,” said Montgomery.  “This is injustice and it’s built into our tax system. It’s built into an unfair, inequitable, and unjust tax system…There’s a solution.  Let the people decide.”

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by Aricka Flowers
8:22pm
Tue Mar 18, 2014

LIVE BLOG: Polls Are Closed, Time For The Results In 2014 Primary Election

All of the polls have closed in the Illinois primary election, including those that closed late due to problems at polling places. Progress Illinois lays out the latest as the results come in.

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by Ellyn Fortino
1:06pm
Tue Mar 18, 2014

SEIU Members Help Nancy Schiavone Get Voters To The Polls In Illinois’ 40th District (VIDEO)

Nancy Schiavone, who is running in the hotly contested Democratic primary race in Illinois’ 40th representative district, saw support Tuesday morning from SEIU* Local 1 members who hit the streets on Chicago’s Northwest Side to canvas on behalf of the candidate.

“We’ve identified folks, and we’re hoping that we get them to the polls,” Schiavone told Progress Illinois at her campaign office ahead of the canvas. “We have a really terrific field program, and we’re just going to keep at it until 7 o’clock tonight,” which is when the polls close. 

Schiavone is one of four Democratic candidates vying to unseat incumbent State Rep. Jaime Andrade (D-Chicago), a former top aide to the now retired Chicago Ald. Dick Mell (33rd). Andrade has represented the 40th District since August after being appointed to fill the vacancy left by Deb Mell, who succeeded her father as alderman of Chicago’s 33rd Ward. 

The other Democratic candidates in Tuesday’s 40th District Democratic primary battle include attorney Aaron Goldstein, community development organizer Wendy Jo Harmston and electrical engineer Mark Pasieka. There are no Republicans running in the 40th district, which includes parts of the Logan Square, Albany Park, Avondale and Irving Park communities in Chicago.

PI Original
by Aricka Flowers
11:05am
Tue Mar 18, 2014

LIVE BLOG: The Illinois 2014 Primary Election Is Here

It's Election Day and voters will visit the polls throughout the day to support the candidates they would like to see on the ballots in the November General Election.  

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by Ellyn Fortino
12:18am
Mon Mar 17, 2014

Election Preview: The Democratic Battle In Illinois’ 40th District

The five-person race in Illinois' 40th legislative district on Chicago's Northwest Side is one of the key Democratic battles to watch in Tuesday's primary election. Progress Illinois takes a look at the contest.

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