Independent grassroots organization of progressives, liberals and moderates promoting an activist democratic agenda in the state of Illinois.

It's Been a Long Time Coming ...

... But I Know A Change Gonna Come

Thank you, Congressman Foster!

And Congresswoman Bean, Halvorson and the rest of the Illinois delegation who are voting yes on HRC.

Volunteer Alert - Health Care Reform Calls

[UPDATED 3/21/2010 - LEO]

The health care reform voting does not begin until mid-afternoon on Sunday and a few votes are still up for grabs. Following are the list of Congresspeople who we should keep calling to make sure that we win this historic victory on Sunday!

Brian Baird - Washington (Vancouver, Olympia) - (202) 225-3536

Paul Kanjorski - Pennsylvania (Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Mount Pocono) - 202-225-6511

John Tanner - Tennessee (Union City, Jackson, Millington) - 202-225-4714

Earl Pomeroy - North Dakota (Bismarck, Fargo) - (202) 225-2611

Lincoln Davis - Tennessee (Columbia, Jamestown, Rockwood) - 202.225.6831

Marcy Kaptur - Ohio (Toledo) - (202) 225-4146

Mike Michaud - Maine (Bangor, Lewiston, Presque Isle, Waterville) - 202-225-6306

Bill Foster - Illinois (Batavia, Dixon, Geneseo) - (202) 225-2976

Kathy Dahlkemper - Pennsylvania (Erie) - (202) 225-5406

Chris Carney - Pennsylvania (Clarks Summit, Shamokin, Williamsport) - (202) 225-3731

Steve Driehaus - Ohio (Cincinnati) - (202) 225-2216

Stephen Lynch - Massachusetts (Brockton, Boston) - 202-225-8273

Rick Boucher - Virginia (Abingdon, Pulaski, Big Stone Gap) - 202-225-3861

Loretta Sanchez - California (Garden Grove) - (202) 225-2965

Dan Lipinski - Illinois (LaGrange, Oak Lawn, Chicago's southwest side) - (202) 225 - 5701

Joe Donnelly - Indiana (South Bend, LaPorte, Michigan City, Kokomo) - (202) 225-3915

Marion Berry - Arkansas (Jonesboro, Cabot, Mountain Home) - (202) 225-4076

Jerry Costello - Illinois (Carbondale, Belleville, E. St. Louis, Granite City, Chester) - (202) 225-5661

Nick Rahall - West Virginia (Beckley, Bluefield, Huntington, Logan) - (202) 225-3452

Solomon Ortiz - Texas (Corpus Christi, Brownsville) - (202) 225-7742

Alan Mollohan - West Virginia (Morgantown, Wheeling, Clarksburg, Parkersburg) - (202) 225-4172

See Organizing for America-Illinois

Why Liberals Are in a Weaker Position vis-a-vis Blue Dogs on HCR

There's a lot of grumbling about liberals always having to make all the concessions, most recently on health care reform, while the Blue Dogs don't have to make any and still the focus continues to be on them and their needs and not on us and ours. It's not fair.

But let's face it, the group that most wants something -- in this case, us -- is naturally in a weaker position than the group for whom this isn't as much a priority. The Blue Dogs are happy enough to walk away from this. We aren't. That's a huge difference.

A Mother's Open Appeal to Congressman Lipinski

Below are Rep. Lipinski's office numbers.
Keep calling and faxing all the number even if you get busy signals.

866-822-5701 (D.C.)
312-886-0481 (Chicago)
708-424-0853 (Oak Lawn)
708-352-0524 (LaGrange)
202-225-1012 (Fax)

The vote is this weekend! Call & fax Lipinski immediately!

Courtesy of the Campaign for Better Health Care

Thank you, Dennis

That's a relief.

PTDB

The HCR bill currently being considered in the House is not all we wanted -- far from it -- but it's a good first step.

Pass. The. Damn. Bill.

Health Care Reform Pre-Summit Rally

Event organized by Health Care for America Now (HCAN Illinois) at the Chicago Temple

Not Only Does He Use a Teleprompter...

But he thinks as well. (Yeah, I know, scary stuff.)

[h/t ThinkProgress]

NYT's David Leonhardt on the Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC)

David Leonhardt's article "Judging Stimulus by Job Data Reveals Success" got a lot of play on a number of blogs. People might be interested in hearing him discussing the issue today on the Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC).

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