HCII members joined over a dozen organizations to protest Governor Rauner and the IL GOP at a fundraiser in Rosemont last night. We told Rauner to do his job and stand up against the GOP healthcare bill.
We were thrilled to work with such a great group of coalition partners to help pull off this event. Organization that participated included: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Chicago Federation of Labor, Citizen Action Illinois, Friends Who March, Illinois State AFL – CIO, Illinois Working Together, Indivisible 123GO, Indivisible Chicago, Indivisible Illinois, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action, The Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th, SEIU Local 73, & UFCW Local 881.
See the press coverage below.
Also, Rachel Maddow’s retweeted Indivisible Chicago’s picture at the protest.
NBC 5 Chicago WMAQ – Ward Room Blog – Mary Ann Ahern – June 19, 2017
“Some people will die as a result of [GOP] cutting Medicaid & Governor Rauner not doing his job and passing a budget,” [home healthcare nurse and HCII member] Cynthia Sylvia told Mary Ann Ahern.
Capitol Fax.com – June 19, 2017
* SEIU Healthcare…
While the healthcare and livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Illinois citizens remain at great risk due to Republican policies, Governor Rauner and the entire Illinois Republican Congressional Delegation will gather for a fundraiser in Rosemont dubbed “Cocktails with the Congressmen.”
Illinois already is in a state of crisis after more than 700 days without a budget, but the American Health Care Act (AHCA) threatens to take the chaos to a new level, chiefly via a $40 billion cut in federal support to Illinois via Medicaid…
WBBM-AM (Radio) – June 20, 2017
Governor Rauner was billed as a special guest at last evening cocktails with the congressman Republican party fundraiser Rosemont, but it turns out he was a no-show. Rauner planned on being, that is until busloads of protesters unhappy with his position on the Affordable Car Act assembled outside of the event…
Daily Herald – Kerry Lester – June 19, 2017
“This is another abdication of leadership,” said Julie Sampson, political director of Citizen Action Illinois, which, along with Planned Parenthood, Indivisible Chicago and other groups, brought busloads of protesters to the restaurant. “Health care for a lot of people is at stake in this fight, and the governor has said very little about how he would want the bill to change, what he plans to do if the feds cap and cut Medicaid.”
Protesters lined up along Higgins Road, shouting, “Show me what Democracy looks like!” “Wreck it, Rauner” and “Hey hey, ho ho, Peter Roskam’s got to go!” Signs included “Republicans — unsell your soul” as well as a “Flat Bruce” cutout of Rauner designed to poke fun at the governor’s absence.
Reid McCollum of Hindsale — co-chairman of the Coalition for a Better Illinois 6th, a group working to defeat Roskam — called the congressman’s recent low profile on hot-button issues, including health care reform, “not democratic.”
“While wealthy contributors can gain access to Rep. Roskam at closed events, his constituents have been unable to meet with him in an open forum for more than eight years,” said Reid McCollum, co-chair of the coalition. “We will remind Roskam and his colleagues that we expect our elected officials to represent their constituents rather than corporate donors, and that we will not stand for their indifference to constituents’ need for affordable health care.”
WBBM-CHI (CBS) – June 19, 2017
>>Illinois‘ seven congressmen all at a fundraiser in rosemont. They all voted in favor of the gop health care bill to protest obamacare.
ABC 7 WLS-TV – June 19, 2017
New at 10, protesters , this protest at a GOP protest the Governor was slated to attend. These protesters calling on Roskam to hold open town hall meetings.
Politico – June 20, 2017
— “After protesters gather, Rauner skips Republican fundraiser,” by Daily Herald’s Kerry Lester: “Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday pulled