Select Page

Who’s Getting Paid Updates

#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?

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

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

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

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

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...

#12 Back to School

As students headed back to school across Illinois, many of them were greeted by the realities of budget cuts – fewer teachers, disappeared after-school programs, the loss of librarians and music and art classes. College students at public institutions are...

#11 Munger Math

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger made headlines this past weekend after a video was posted of her incorrectly answering some basic multiplication questions put to her by Chicago Tribune reporter Kim Janssen at the Illinois State Fair. Although the gaffe garnered a...

#9 Rainy Day Fund

In Illinois, when it rains, it really pours.   This week, according to an Associated Press report, Illinois is quickly depleting its “rainy day” fund to pay for day-to-day expenses.  The fund’s purpose is to help Illinois weather an economic downturn, recession or...

#10 Sound The Alarm

Sound the alarm and round up a posse. Wall Street banks are making off with funds that Illinois desperately needs and Governor Bruce Rauner is a willing accomplice. There was hope that amid our state’s current fiscal crisis Governor Bruce Rauner might do the right...

#8 Rauner, Guns, and Wall Street

Chicago residents who are being impacted by gun violence, such as Brenda McMillon, who lost her grandson in 2013, are demanding Governor Bruce Rauner prioritize funding for proven anti-violence programs over a potential $870 million payout to Wall Street banks in...

#7 Political Conventions

The Clock is Ticking to Prevent $870 Million Payout to Wall Street in November This week the world is turning its attention to Philadelphia and the Democratic National Convention. Last week it was Cleveland and the Republican National Convention. As Illinois...

#6 How Does the Illinois Comptroller Decide Who Gets Paid?

Last week, Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger announced that the state’s pile of unpaid bills will grow to $10 billion by December.  Munger, who was appointed by Governor Rauner, and is up for re-election in November, also predicted that the delay time for payments to...

#5 Chasing Social Services

In a July 12 New York Times Op-Ed piece, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon held up the financial giant’s decision to raise the pay of thousands of Chase workers as an example of how and why businesses should address the wage stagnation and lack of access to quality...

#4 88,000 Petitioners Across Country Demand Action By SEC

Illinois Lawmakers Join Call to Investigate the Banks On Thursday, Illinois residents delivered more than 88,000 petition signatures to the Chicago field office of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), calling on the agency to investigate the toxic swap deals...

Get Updates

Sign up to receive weekly campaign updates

Subscribe