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by Aricka Flowers
7:46pm
Tue Jan 19, 2016

Palin’s Trump Endorsement In Presidential Primary Elicits Wide Range Of Reactions

Former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin threw her support behind Donald Trump in his race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, making the two eclectic and polarizing GOP figures official political bedfellows some two weeks before the primary elections begin.

“Are you ready for the leader to make America great again?” Palin said Tuesday at a Trump rally at Iowa State University. “Are you ready to stump for Trump? I’m here to support the next president of the United States – Donald Trump.”

“He is beholden to no one but we the people. How refreshing? He is perfectly positioned to let you make America great again. Are you ready for that Iowa? No more pussyfootin’ around. Our troops deserve the best, you deserve the best. … Are you ready for a commander-in-chief who will let our warriors do their job and kick ISIS’ ass,” she asked the crowd to thunderous applause. 

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
4:51pm
Wed Jan 6, 2016

SCOTUS To Hear Oral Arguments Monday In Major Labor Case

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Monday in a high-profile labor case that could significantly affect public employee unions nationwide.

At issue is Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a case brought by 10 nonunion public school teachers in California who object to paying “agency” or “fair share” fees to their local union.

The plaintiffs — represented by the the Center for Individual Rights (CIR), a conservative public interest law firm — argue that the mandatory fees, which support costs associated with collective bargaining, violate their First Amendment rights.

“Requiring teachers to pay these ‘agency fees’ assumes that collective bargaining is non-political,” reads a posting on CIR’s website. “But bargaining with local governments is inherently political. Whether the union is negotiating for specific class sizes or pressing a local government to spend tax dollars on teacher pensions rather than on building parks, the union’s negotiating positions embody political choices that are often controversial.”

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
2:52pm
Thu Dec 3, 2015

Debate Rages Over FDA Approval Of Genetically Modified Salmon

Progress Illinois looks at the debate surrounding genetically engineered salmon now that it has been approved for human consumption in the United States.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
5:16pm
Wed Dec 2, 2015

Experts Release ‘Women’s Economic Agenda’ To Close Gender Pay Gap, Boost Wage Growth

Declining wages among men drove 40 percent of the progress in closing the U.S. gender wage gap over the past 35 years, according to research by the Economic Policy Institute.

Experts at the Washington, D.C.-based progressive think tank highlighted that finding last month as they unveiled a “Women’s Economic Agenda.” EPI’s 12-point policy agenda looks to improve economic security for women and families by closing the gender pay gap and promoting broad-based wage growth.

“Over the last several decades women have entered the workforce in record numbers and made great strides in educational attainment. Nevertheless, when compared with men, women are still paid less, are more likely to hold low-wage jobs, and are more likely to live in poverty,” reads the agenda’s accompanying report by EPI’s Alyssa Davis and Elise Gould. “Gender wage disparities are present at all wage levels and within education categories, occupations, and sectors–sometimes to a grave degree.”

Quick Hit
by Op-Ed
7:53pm
Tue Dec 1, 2015

Op-Ed: Clean Water Can’t Wait

The following was co-authored by Congressman Danny Davis (D-IL,7) and Environment Illinois’ Brittany King. 

Clean water is the cornerstone of life. We need it for drinking, bathing, eating, playing, brewing, and everything in-between. Unfortunately, Illinois’ waterways are in jeopardy now more than ever. From toxic chemicals to combined sewage overflows to factory farm runoff, there is currently more haunting our waters than there is to be thankful for.

As rain returns to Chicago we are faced with the prospect of more and more combined sewage overflows as our water systems are overwhelmed, releasing contaminated water into Lake Michigan. Since 2014, over 20 billion gallons of contaminated water have been released into Lake Michigan. What’s even scarier is that 5 million people rely on Lake Michigan for clean drinking water every day.

It’s not just Lake Michigan facing threats, however; waterways throughout Illinois are all facing a variety of pollution problems. In fact, these problems plague waterways nationwide.

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