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Dear Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan: I realize the state of Michigan is out of your jurisdiction, but I wanted to bring to your attention that one of your citizens has been in our state for nearly four years and frankly, we're really sick and tired of him. Illinois resident...

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  • September 13, 2014

Last week Gary Naeyaert of Great Lakes Education Project tweeted an image that sparked outrage with many people in the state and earned the organization dedicated to destroying public education much deserved notoriety. After three additional tweets trying to explain what he meant by the meme to compare Michigan State...

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  • August 21, 2014

In what may be the most shameless in a long line of dishonest appeals, the Illinois oil industry is now asking us to start fracking for the children. The oil industry propaganda website, Energy In Depth (or Energy in Deception as it's often called), is blaming Illinois' school funding problem...

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  • July 8, 2014

People die.  Every single day.  Western tradition dictates that the dead be buried.  It's a cultural thing that has been practiced by various civilizations for thousands of years.  Other cultures have had or have developed their own, different ways of dealing with the dead – and I pass no judgement...

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  • April 16, 2013

Do you remember UNICEF?  Perhaps you remember the “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” program that raised millions of dollars for that organization.  They're still around and they're still helping children!  Here's a very brief summary of what UNICEF is and what they do: UNICEF was created by the United Nations...

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  • March 8, 2013

We always knew the name Surf Street was dead on. When we were little, a sign that spelled “No Wake” was attached to the telephone pole at the top of the street, for when boats would pass through from Shore Road. I’d never seen boats float by our front window,...

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  • Avatar of Jaime Franchi
  • November 1, 2012

I’d never seen Lilly Ledbetter, the woman for whom the Fair Pay Act was named; but on Tuesday night, I had the opportunity to watch her on TV, speaking at the Democratic Convention. My first thought was, “Oh, she’s just like me.” The first piece of legislation Pres. Obama signed...

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  • Avatar of Maureen Andrade
  • September 5, 2012

A Hollywood icon had a senior moment, or several, in the lead up to the most important speech of Mitt Romney’s career. We’ve had a few days now to let the chuckling subside, and wipe tears of laughter from our eyes, and so it’s time to reflect on what this...

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  • September 2, 2012

Nestled in the cloudy, forested crevices of the Oregon Coast is Tillamook County, home to a hundred small dairy farms that work together cooperatively. The Tillamook County Creamy Association (TCCA) has been thriving for a hundred years, and some members of the original families still belong today. One of the...

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  • August 30, 2012

The 2012 Republican Party platform is reported by CNN to include the goal of a Constitutional ban on all abortions, making no exceptions for rape or incest survivors. This is the most extreme idea in the arsenal of the Conservative Right, and one that ultimately defines what they stand for....

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  • Avatar of Maureen Andrade
  • August 22, 2012

Who likes paying taxes? I write as committed liberal social democrat and Obama supporter. I care about humanity, and I have devoted my writing and volunteering life to advocating on behalf of the poor, the disenfranchised, the marginalized and all peripheral peoples—wherever I find them. But who likes paying into...

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  • July 23, 2012

Again, I’ve been asked, “Where has Jenny been?” As always, I struggle with answering these kinds of questions. I suppose that a person who doesn’t bare her soul on the Internet might not answer the way that I intend to. They might say, “Well, I was moving.” Or, perhaps they’d...

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  • June 30, 2012

As we wait for the Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act, I’m reminded of how any improvement in a broken system gives immeasurable relief to those most affected by the fractures. Millions of people have gained access to health insurance due to this historical...

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  • Avatar of Maureen Andrade
  • June 25, 2012

Volunteering for a voter’s registration drive this past weekend, I grabbed a handful of forms and a clipboard from the coordinator, believing it would be easy to get people to sign up, or confirm they already had. Wandering around the local mall, asking passersby if they were registered, I was...

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  • Avatar of Maureen Andrade
  • June 18, 2012

Saturday, I donated a couple hours of my time to Organizing for America, Pres. Obama’s grassroots volunteer movement for his re-election. I’ve been to several of these meetings, where I take photos and blog, at the request of OFA leaders. Identified immediately for skills I can donate, the organization is...

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  • Avatar of Maureen Andrade
  • June 12, 2012

In the wake of the November elections we’ve heard a lot of talk about the Republican Party’s shortcomings. They were cast out of Washington due, in large part, to disconnected leadership wracked with scandal and rife with misguided policies. They floundered in the 2008 elections as their assortment of candidates...

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  • January 12, 2009