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HCAN Rally for Health Care at the Federal Plaza in Chicago

Aug
04

I'll have some pictures to add once I get home [added!] but I just wanted to say that the HCAN people put together a great rally with several hundred people in the Federal Plaza.

William McNary led off with his usual rousing style. First Gov. Pat Quinn then Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Congressman Danny Davis spoke passionately about the need for health care now and what to do to make sure it passes. A number of other people spoke -- everyone from Lou Lang (who was in wonderful form) to Alexi Giannoulias, Julie Hamos, Toni Preckwinkle, Lou Harris and David Orr.

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HCAN Rally for Health Care in the Federal Plaza - Tues. 8/4 (4:30-6p)

Aug
04

If you're in the Chicagoland area, you can show the teabaggers "Brooks Brothers Brigade" what a real grassroots movement looks like by coming to the HCAN Rally in the Federal Plaza (8/4, 4:30p-6p).

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Health Care Reform Week of Action

Jul
22

From Mitch Stewart, Organizing for America:

Congress is moving rapidly toward finalizing health care reform legislation, with crucial votes expected in both the House and the Senate within days. With so much at stake -- and the D.C. lobbyists going into overdrive -- we have to take our grassroots campaign to the next level.

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Sun-Times on Solutions to Failing Schools

Jul
02

sun-times-logo.pngThe Sun-Times gets school reform right in this editorial:

There are lots of ways to improve failing schools. Charters are one way, but so is investing in traditional schools by offering smaller class sizes, better teachers, financial incentives for teachers and a longer school year.

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$40k Marketing Campaign Yields Event with 700 People

Jul
01

I was happy to see all the ads in the buses and El's for the 'Young Chicago Republican' Event that took place on Monday. It's always nice to see them supporting public transportation in this way.

The write-up of the event from the Huffington Post had something that caught my eye.

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Parking Meter Mess: Schedule of Fee Hikes?

Jun
07

city_of_chicago_seal_400x400.jpg My thought upon reading this article on the fallout from the parking meter 'snafu' was, did anyone have a schedule of anticipated price hikes?

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Ald. Tom Tunney (44th Ward) Welcoming Guests at YCL Event

May
25

Alderman Tom Tunney welcoming guests at the Young Chicago Lakefront Annual Mtg. & Elections Party held at Trader Todd's on May 19.

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Ding Dong the Deal is Dead

Apr
22

It's the hand of the Lord, I tell you!

Fran Spielman (Sun-Times):

sun-times-logo.png Mayor Daley’s $2.5 billion plan to privatize Midway Airport collapsed today for lack of financing, leaving taxpayers with a $126 million down payment, but no apparent way to shore up city pensions and rebuild Chicago’s aging infrastructure.

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Guy with Heath Insurance Explains Why You Can't See a Doctor

Apr
21

The Editorial Board of the Chicago Tribune never ceases to disappoint. Here's their latest attempt at delaying universal healthcare -- complete with warmed-over talking points circa 1993. Nothing learned, nothing remembered.

The column goes everywhere from denying that this is an urgent problem to warning that they're going to take away your private insurance.

Here's my email to them:

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Mayor Daley's 'Out of the Box' Thinking

Apr
20

I can't find a link to what Mayor Daley told a business conference the other day, but basically it was a repeat of the following:

"If they start leasing public assets — every city, every county, every state and the federal government — you would not have to raise any taxes whatsoever. You would have more infrastructure money that way than any other way in the nation," Daley said.

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