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Finance Report
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For more than 40 years, the League of Women Voters has supported a graduated rate income tax for Illinois. It made sense then, and it makes sense now. In the General Election in November 2020, we will have the opportunity to amend the Constitution in this way.

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One way to understand the battle to privatize public education is to learn about the origins of the privatization wars, arising in the years after the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, when Northern liberals and Southern segregationists were both espousing “school choice.”

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Illinois passes its first comprehensive regulation of prescription drug middlemen; new Title X regulations are facing challenges in court; the opioid crisis leads to court settlements; and several medicare-for-all proposals surface from the presidential race.

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We have been out registering voters in anticipation of the March 17, 2020 Primary Election. Find out who is on the ballot and how you can register yourself and others to vote.

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On August 20, Mayor Lightfoot’s administration announced a $16.2 million, 5-year contract for additional water pitchers with cartridges certified to remove lead from the drinking water. These are free to qualifying residents.

Special Report
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The report is out! Every department in the city has reviewed their internal procedures and reported on the steps they’ve taken to reverse their deference to aldermanic prerogative.

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When it comes to privatizing public education, even the well-informed and politically sophisticated may think they know what’s going on. But on this topic, many of us focus too narrowly.

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The anti-vax movement is a growing concern, the Affordable Care Act faces another challenge, short-term limited duration insurance plans move ahead, and bipartisan legislation to lower prescription drug costs arrives in the senate.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot put a temporary halt on installing new water meters in June while the city evaluates the situation, as she promised during the mayoral campaign. The question: what is the administration doing now to address a permanent plan for removing the lead found in the drinking water of many homes built before 1986?

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Sweeping changes, 30 years in the making, are coming to Chicago after Mayor Lori Lightfoot achieved a legislative win that eluded many of her predecessors. Days before City Council’s August recess, a unanimous vote helped Lightfoot deliver on one of the pillars of her campaign—the dismantling of corruption in City Hall.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle vowed to redouble her efforts to make the county’s criminal justice system more equitable by ending the requirement for those arrested for crimes to have enough cash on hand to pay their way out of jail.

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The Re-entering Civics Education Act (HB2541) ensures that individuals who have been incarcerated will receive three 90-minute civic education classes during the re-entry process covering government, voting processes and current events.

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The City of Chicago Ethics Board on April 29 proposed sweeping changes to tighten the city’s ethics ordinance, campaign finance regulations and City Council rules and expand the inspector general’s powers. The proposals should be a “week-one” priority for Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot, said Board of Ethics Chairman William Conlon.

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By the November 2018 midterm election, citizen support rose for ACA provisions, especially coverage for pre-existing conditions and expansion of state Medicaid initiatives. Because of efforts by the Trump Administration such as eliminating the individual mandate, obtaining affordable adequate healthcare in Illinois is a struggle.

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H.R. 1 introduces sweeping reforms addressing issues fundamental to a functioning democracy—the voting franchise, campaign financing and ethical guidelines for public policy creation and governance. The ethical proposals in H.R. 1 affect each branch of government.

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We oppose the EPA's revised Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule. The Administration's proposal would scale back protections under the Clean Water Act for small streams and wetlands. Show your support by taking the pledge!

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