Posts tagged "Dick Durbin"

With ‘unbelievably bad’ food stamps proposal, U.S. Senate further criminalizes poor

With ‘unbelievably bad’ food stamps proposal, U.S. Senate further criminalizes poor
Anyone convicted of murder, rape or pedophilia is looking at being cut off from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for life under an amendment to the U.S. Senate’s version of the 2013 Farm Bill–even if they’ve served their time. And by doing so, the amendment would also impact the nutritional assistance received by the families... Read more »

Immigrants tell stories of broken families to pressure senators on immigration reform

Immigrants tell stories of broken families to pressure senators on immigration reform
Kristina Tendilla’s father served in the U. S. Navy while still living in the Phillipines, and when he came to the United States in the late 1970s, he became an American citizen. He had three siblings, and as soon as he was granted citizenship, he petitioned for them to leave the poverty of their upbringing... Read more »

Some in Illinois worry budget deal to avoid fiscal cliff could create crisis for them

Hundreds of Occupy demonstrators gathered in Federal Plaza on Dec. 6, 2012 to demand that Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin fight any cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. The protesters created a cardboard shantytown encampment, which symbolized “where austerity is taking us,” organizers said. Photo by Jonathan Gibby.
Meet Sara Moore. She’s 78 years old, lives in Lakeview and struggles with chronic pain after fighting two bouts of cancer and dental surgery. Moore depends on Medicaid, Medicare and her Social Security check to make ends meet. The Medicare pays for her home caretaker who does her shopping, gives her a shower, cleans her... Read more »
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Illinois extends jobs for 26,000, but thousands more Americans could get pink slips

For many Americans, today is a sad day. For 240,000 people, it might just be their last day on the job. Why?  They’re employed through the TANF emergency fund – a government subsidized jobs program that’s put 26,000 people to work in our state. Governor Pat Quinn announced Tuesday that he’ll use state funding to... Read more »