Yes! For Independent Maps Gets $500,000

Chicago Sun-Times reports Bloomberg donates $500,000 to Yes! Illinois remap overhaul drive MON, 03/31/2014 – 3:18PM LYNN SWEET @LYNNSWEET | EMAIL Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated an eye-popping $500,000 to Yes! For Independent Maps, the group running a petition drive to put on the  November ballot a proposed “Illinois Independent Redistricting Amendment” to change the system for […]

Why does Illinois need to scrap its flat-rate income tax?

Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability (CTBA) represents the pro-progressive tax side for Illinois State Income Tax. His organization has produced a study that makes a strong case for why Illinois needs to scrap its flat-rate income tax (currently 5 percent, but scheduled to fall to 3.75 percent in 2015) and […]

Proposed assault weapons ban

Have to share another eloquent  Herb harangue! (January 14) Did you watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last Tuesday, January 8?  Sometimes scathing and sometimes sardonic and always intense, Stewart spoke out against those who seek to divert attention from the need to restrain the gun lobby (read NRA) and begin to use common sense. Let’s […]

“A Modest Proposal”

Another thoughtful missive from fellow HanDI member Herb: As we rightly concern ourselves about gun safety, we need to examine some of the underlying causes. On our list of must-see movies is “Les Miserables,” a story rooted in the theft of a loaf of bread to feed a man’s family.  How many criminal acts are ignited out of […]

Best Counter to Money is Exercising Your Right to Vote.

Joe Walsh, GOP Congressman, Introduces New Federal Voter ID Bill The Huffington Post  |  By Nick Wing Posted: 06/19/2012 1:36 pm Updated: 06/19/2012 2:10 pm Tea Party-backed Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) on Tuesday unveiled a new push to enact a national voter ID law ahead of the 2012 elections. His proposed Federal Elections Integrity Act […]

Moyers Program on Keeping Banks Honest


Sheila Bair on Keeping Banks Honest July 13, 2012   Bill Moyers talks with financial expert Sheila Bair (R) about the lawlessness of our banking system and the prognosis for meaningful reform. Bair was appointed in 2006 by President George W. Bush to chair the FDIC. During the 2008 meltdown, she argued that in some […]

Free Tax Prep Program brings $2.6 million to Elgin in 2012

United Way

    The 2012 Free Tax Preparation program provided by the Center for Economic Progress (CEP), that is  part of the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, and sponsored locally by the Grand Victoria Foundation and the United Way of Elgin was the most successful year to date.  1,407 tax returns were prepared and filed […]

Park Pride 2012


HanDI made its mark on the Streamwood Park District’s Park Pride community volunteer event on Saturday, May 19. Wearing slightly impractical but undeniably natty headgear, various HanDI members and friends weeded flower beds, planted petunias, spread mulch, and collected trash in one of the village’s largest parks. Among the garbage-pickers’ more curious finds: – 2 […]

We The People – Corporations Are People?

Check out the animated video created by The Story of Stuff on how corporation become people helped by the Supreme Court decision for Citizens United. We The People – Corporation are People?

The True Patriot Network

True Patriot

. At The True Patriot Network, their contention is that when you unpack true American patriotism — the idea of country before self — what you discover is a moral framework that goes back to this nation’s founding, and that is inherently progressive. Living by such principles as service, stewardship, tolerance, and equality of opportunity, […]