Illinois groups call for People’s Agenda, protest Governor’s budget plan
On February 16, Jane Addams Senior Caucus (JASC) and ONE Northside joined a coalition of organizations in presenting the “People’s Agenda,” — an alternative to Governor Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda” — which calls for higher tax rates on the wealthy and a new tax on stock trades, and would spend the money on programs like universal pre-K and combating homelessness . The day after presenting the alternative budget, Grassroots Ambassadors and other leaders from JASC and ONE Northside traveled from Chicago to Springfield as part of the Grassroots Collaborative on to protest another budget address by Gov. Rauner, calling for the state to pass a budget with new revenue so that all Illinoisans can live with dignity. The groups staged a “die-in” to show the casualties of the revenue crisis and again called for a fair tax on the wealthy and corporations in order to close the budget shortfall. Check out the Storify of their action.