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Ill. Budget Crisis Prompts Rally to Save Human Services

Ill. Budget Crisis Prompts Rally to Save Human Services

Grassroots advocates flooded the area outside Illinois state government offices at the Thompson Center in Chicago on Wednesday, deeply upset that Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers have failed to reach a resolution to stop budget cuts that activists say will be devastating to the poor and those in need. The state is facing an estimated [...]
For Voting, Which States Use Redistricting Commissions?The Constitution requires boundaries for U.S. House districts to be redrawn after each census. While that task typically is done by state legislatures, 13 states use commissions as part of their congressional redistricting process. The amount of legislative involvement with those commissions varies by state. On Monday, Supreme Court justices voted 5-4 to reject a [...]
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Citizenship Proof in Voting to Be Skipped by SCOTUS  WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will continue allowing residents of Arizona and Kansas to register to vote using a federal form without having to provide proof of citizenship.  The justices on Monday rejected an appeal from Republican officials in those two states who have sought to enforce laws requiring new voters to submit a [...]
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State money for services from child care to road construction could stop in Illinois starting on Wednesday after Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed most of the Democratic Legislature’s budget plan, a move that follows weeks of vitriolic exchanges in a state new to divided government. A day after signing into law [...]
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Poverty Fighting Programs Are Embraced in Calif. BudgetSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a spending plan Wednesday that uses California’s growing surplus to fund new initiatives aimed at providing relief to the poor. The new budget beginning next month will establish an earned income tax credit for working-poor families, boost the number of state-subsidized child care slots and expand state-funded [...]
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Supreme Court Takes Up ‘One Person, One Vote’ CaseWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an important case about whether states must count only those who are eligible to vote, rather than the total population, when drawing electoral districts for their legislatures.  The case from Texas could be significant for states with large immigrant populations, including Latinos who are children [...]
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Illinois Budget Deficit Needs New Solutions, Advocates Say  Lawmakers in Illinois are working furiously to pass a budget before the month ends and grassroots advocates believe that raising new money is one solution as the state faces a $6.6 billion budget gap for the coming fiscal year.  It’s time, community members say, for state leaders and residents to take this bold step [...]
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Loretta Lynch, Confirmed as A.G., Makes HistoryWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch won confirmation to serve as attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end. The 56-43 vote installs Lynch, 55, now U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, as the first Black woman [...]
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Raul Hector Castro, Ariz.’s 1st Hispanic Governor, DiesPHOENIX (AP) — Raul Hector Castro, Arizona’s only Hispanic governor and an American ambassador to three countries, died Friday. He was 98. Family spokesman James Garcia said Castro died in his sleep in San Diego, where he was in hospice care. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Castro ”lived a full life of exemplary service to Arizona and its [...]
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Rahm Emanuel Clinches Second Term as Chicago MayorCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel won a second term Tuesday in a runoff election that hinged on serious financial challenges facing the nation’s third-largest city and the brusque management style of the former White House chief of staff. Emanuel was forced to campaign furiously across the city to beat Cook County Commissioner Jesus [...]
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