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#19: New Blood, New Priorities?

#19: New Blood, New Priorities?

Last week as the state turned its attention to Springfield, a small group of new legislators brought some new blood to the Capitol while our state continued to sink further into budget limbo. For the last 7 months, the Families First, Banks Last campaign has been...
#17 New Comptroller, New Priorities?

#17 New Comptroller, New Priorities?

While the nation contemplates the results of the presidential elections, Illinois families continue to bear the brunt of a never-ending budget impasse.  Despite both political parties having wins & losses on Tuesday, our state is no closer to passing a real budget...
#16 Rauner’s Election Bond Deal

#16 Rauner’s Election Bond Deal

If there is one thing to learn from observing Illinois politics, it’s that delaying a problem is a far cry from solving it. Yet, for many of our elected officials, it is tempting to kick the can further down the road, instead of picking it up and taking the bold...
#15 Gov Rauner Swap Deal

#15 Gov Rauner Swap Deal

Illinois was in the national spotlight this week for taking action to hold Wells Fargo accountable for defrauding millions of customers. Illinois state Treasurer Michael Frerichs, Chicago City Treasurer Kurt Summers, and the Chicago City Council took action by...
#14 University Swap Report

#14 University Swap Report

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016 the Roosevelt Institute and the ReFund America Project released a new report, The Financialization of Higher Education, examining the impact of toxic interest rate swaps on Universities and Colleges across the county. The report reveals...
#13 SEC Meeting

#13 SEC Meeting

Last Friday, State Representative Jaime Andrade, Chicago Alderman Ramirez-Rosa, and community leaders met with the Federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Regional Director David A.Glockner, and asked that the SEC investigate the predatory interest rate swap...