When Occupy Springfield protesters chalked slogans on the sidewalk in front of GOP Congressman Aaron Schock's district office, it suddenly became a crime.
Occupy Springfield used the "People's Mic" to make a statement about corporate "terrorism" at the Illinois State Capitol Nov. 9.
It was six in the morning of Oct. 26 and two busloads of motivated Chicago teachers and friends were on their way to Springfield to rally and lobby to protect their pensions.
On Oct. 15, I was one of the 200 occupiers who were arrested standing up for free speech and assembly and against corporate greed, after Occupy Chicago attempted to establish an encampment at the edge of Grant Park.
Last week Chicago joined the rest of the country and the world in action for jobs and justice.
Cook County passed a major immigrant rights ordinance aiming to free undocumented immigrants being held in jails throughout the county.
"Politics is a dirty business," remarked a juror after former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich was convicted on 17 counts of corruption.
The Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group made $951 million in profits on $3 billion in income in 2010. But that's not enough, they are threatening to move out of Illinois unless they get a tax break.
Chicago hosts a public celebration of the new Illinois civil union law.
The measure will not impose any cost on Illinois taxpayers and could benefit as many as 95,000 immigrant youth.