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[15 Feb 2014 | No Comment | ]

On its surface, the case known as Harris v. Quinn now before the Supreme Court is yet another attempt to kill off public employee unions. It centers on a small group of home health care aides in Illinois who sued to avoid paying fees to the very union that negotiated their wages and benefits. Their lawyers are asking the high court to go even further and rule against the right of all public workers — in every state and every sector — to choose a union.

Let’s be candid about why …

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[7 May 2013 | 2 Comments | ]

The representative for the 12th Illinois House District now has her sights set on helping the LGBT community secure the right to marry. She has been a staunch advocate on this issue.
“For me, the most precious thing I do as a lawmaker is giving people rights. We have a powerful opportunity as elected officials to do this.”

Feigenholtz knows how hatred can grow and destroy people.
“Many years ago, I had an aunt who was packed in a synagogue with a lot of relatives. Doors were locked and the synagogue was ignited. …

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[16 Jan 2013 | No Comment | ]

Highland Park native and Internet activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide at 26 last Friday, was tormented unfairly by the federal government, according to those who spoke at his funeral on Tuesday.

Highland Park native Aaron Swartz was remembered as a brilliant, compassionate mind who inspired friends and family alike during a moving funeral service held at Central Avenue Synagogue on Tuesday.
The 26-year-old who committed suicide last Friday was also mourned as a victim of unfair treatment by the government.
In the packed to capacity chapel, Swartz’s academic mentors, his defense attorney …

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[30 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]

From Robert Creamer (Husband of Cong. Jan Schakowsky), in the Huffington Post
More than most elections, the contest for President this fall is likely to be decided less on “wedge issues” — or even candidate positions that are symbolic of who is on whose side — and more on the character and core values of the candidates — and for that matter on the question of the core values of the society we hope to leave to our children.

Last Friday, speaking to the Democratic Caucus Policy Conference, Vice-President Joe Biden told …

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[4 Feb 2011 | 2 Comments | ]

From the 12/23/08 Huffington Post
With the Obama transition team set to release an internal report regarding the extent of its interactions with embattled governor Rod Blagojevich, one of the key figures in the mix is heading out of the country.

Incoming White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel left on Tuesday for a “long planned family vacation in Africa,” a transition official confirmed to the Huffington Post.

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[5 Mar 2010 | No Comment | ]

From Robert Creamer, husband of US Rep. Jan Schakowsky and inmate number 16923-424 at Terra Haute Federal Correctional Facility

What’s worse, these insurance executives don’t get a first-hand look at the suffering and death that results from their policies, or their attempts to block reform. They manage their war from pristine office towers. They don’t have to look into the eyes of a husband whose wife has just died of cancer that could have been cured if it were caught early – but went undetected because for financial reasons she had …

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[13 Feb 2010 | 2 Comments | ]

On April 15, Jim Messina and Jon Selib, chief of staff to Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus, convened a meeting at the headquarters of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) with leaders of organized labor and health care groups, including PhRMA. At the meeting, the groups decided to form two nonprofit entities to promote reform efforts, Healthy Economy Now and Americans for Stable Quality Care, that would be almost entirely funded by PhRMA. The two groups spent $24 million on their advertising campaigns; the contract to produce and place …