1. Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright has written a New York Times op-ed to appear on Sunday. She asks, “Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late?,” and suggests that we are on a path, globally and even here at home, to fascism. This is a powerful indictment from a former Cabinet Secretary whose family escaped Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. Her powerful words…
The Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th (CBIL6) is a network of grassroots groups in the 6th Congressional District of Illinois who believe that everyone deserves equal and fair treatment regardless of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status and that a successful democracy requires an informed and engaged public.
Our mission is to educate the residents of the Illinois 6th Congressional District on important issues affecting them, share elected officials’ positions on those issues, and encourage citizens to engage in our democracy and vote. The Coalition advocates for our shared core values through events and actions in the District. We support member groups in their efforts to achieve our shared goals.
We’ve had several successful protest and rallies thus far. The time for action is now!
1. Scott Pruitt to California: “Learn not to breathe.” No, that is not a headline in The Onion. It is the latest shocker in a string of proposed attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency itself, where the “Protection” part seems to be offensive to the administration. Scott Pruitt has proposed rolling back Obama-era rules for auto fuel economy standards…
Congressman Peter Roskam refuses to hold town halls, which are a bedrock of our democracy. Instead he holds “tele town halls” with screened questions and no follow-ups allowed. He usually asks for registrations on his campaign website, which allows him to use your name for political purposes and during election campaigns.
We think a town hall is part of a Congressman’s regular duties and should not be a political event. We also think town halls should be open to the public and that questions should be freely asked without screening so constituents can ask about any topic and hear unrehearsed responses and see how their representative thinks on his feet.
But when an elected official never holds a real town hall, those issues are moot. Here is how long we’ve been waiting for Congressman Roskam to fulfill his duty to hold a town hall:
If you are looking for more information or wanting to volunteer your time, contact us to find more information about the coalition.