When it comes to caring for the environment and "going green," some people might say it's just the new "trendy cause" or "luxury issue" for people who want to do a little good. So why would PCG — an organization that focuses, for the most part, on issues pertaining to poor people and impoverished communities — take on environmental issues with such fervor?
How do we come to terms with a Governor's veto just last week of what seemed
like the best chance of political reform in the history of our state; a new
state budget that is shredding our social safety net in Illinois; a national
health care debate, that as characterized in this space two weeks ago, has
turned "ugly, very ugly"?
Virtually everyone agrees that the health care system in this country is broken. Health care costs have risen 4 times faster than wages in recent years. About 47 million people in the U.S. do not have health insurance. The underinsured comprise an even larger number. Health care costs are the biggest driver of the federal deficit.
Two weeks ago, the Cook County Board of Commissioners, with little fanfare, passed an ordinance decriminalizing low levels (10 grams or less) of marijuana possession in the non-incorporated areas of the County.
HB 7 was drafted only after Illinois became a national joke in the wake of former Governor Blagojevich's arrest. Reformers have long sought to reduce the corrosive impact of money in politics by limiting the amount that individuals and groups can contribute to political candidates.