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Archive for March 2nd, 2017

Rep. Rush: “Trump’s Speech was… Campaign Promises on Steroids” and, Chicago Needs Solutions not Rhetoric

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U.S. Rep. Rush challenges president to visit Chicago after more misguided comments

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) wasted no time in inviting President Donald Trump to Chicago as the president made his way to the lectern for his first Joint Session speech before Congress on Tuesday night.  The legislator said the nation’s chief executive agreed to visit the city which has been under a national spotlight after Trump threatened to “send in the feds” to curb violence.

Rep. Rush’s invitation came moments before Trump gave his first speech before a Joint Session of Congress where the Republican detailed a series of administrative objectives that would harm America’s most vulnerable citizens and set the country on a dangerous path. The president also assailed Chicago’s shooting rate by erroneously stating the current had already surpassed last year’s numbers.

“Trump’s speech was nothing more than campaign promises on steroids—and what he said about Chicago is wrong and a bunch of rhetoric,” Rep. Rush said. “Four-thousand people haven’t been shot in the first two months of this year; but even if one person in our city is the victim of this reckless gun violence we need solutions, not more propaganda. I invited him to Chicago so he can talk to leaders, citizens and people who are working to reduce violence—but also to understand the other side of this story, and that’s poverty, joblessness and a lack of access to mental health and social services.

“Trump’s attacks on the Affordable Care Act will render 20 million Americans without access to health care. His attacks on immigrants will only escalate the already growing level of bigotry sweeping the nation. His war on deregulation is really a smokescreen to turn his back on public safety. We should not remove safeguards that oversee protections for the environment, food and drugs, technology and the like,” Rep. Rush said.

The Democrat also noted the address was “more propaganda and less process,” adding, “He speaks in broad generalities and gives very few specifics,” Rep. Rush continued. “He’s good at telling us the what but never the how. He talked about violence but never talked about the easy access to guns. He talked about the killings but didn’t mention straw purchases.

 

Rep. Rush said one solution is the passage of H.R.810 the “Hadiya Pendleton and Nyasia Pryear-Yard Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2017,” which he introduced in February. The bill seeks to increase public safety by punishing and deterring firearms trafficking. Specifically, it prohibits, with respect to two or more firearms, the transfer to or receipt by a prohibited person or a person who plans a subsequent transfer that results in unlawful use, possession, or disposition of such firearms; providing false statements in connection with the purchase, receipt, or acquisition of such firearms; and directing, promoting, or facilitating such prohibited conduct.

Rep. Rush also spoke to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and asked him to not only re-open the Emmett Till murder case, in light of new information, but also, reverse his decision to possibly table a U.S. Justice Department report on reforms needed in the Chicago Police Department (CPD).

In an effort to bring more accountability to police departments across the country Rep. Rush introduced H.R. 1213, the “Laquan McDonald Camera Act of 2017” which requires, as a condition on the receipt of federal funds, that law enforcement agencies to have in effect a policy regarding the use of body-worn and dashboard cameras.

The legislation is named for a 17-year-old youth whose October 2014 killing by a Chicago police officer stunned the city launched a federal investigation of CPD’s training and policies. Dashboard cameras on the night of the incident were disabled or not working properly. The bill seeks to penalize any law enforcement agency not in compliance by stripping them of 10 percent of federal funding unless certification is provided to the Attorney General that policies are in place and are being enforced.

Gov. Rauner’s Administration Ignores Victims of Gun Violence, Skips CeaseFire Hearing

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CHICAGO, IL – The families of gun violence victims expressed outrage over Gov. Bruce Rauner’s elimination of the CeaseFire program and other public safety services, but Rauner refused to send a representative from his administration to listen to these concerns at a hearing of the House Appropriations-Public Safety Committee in Chicago Wednesday.

 

“The bullet that killed my son may have been stopped if Governor Rauner hadn’t shut down the CeaseFire program in my neighborhood,” said Francine “Frances” Mendiola, whose 17-year-old son was shot and killed. “If this sort of violence were happening in Bruce Rauner’s neighborhood, he would do everything in his power to stop it. I’m here today to tell the governor that children living in Roseland, Englewood, Austin and Little Village matter just as much as kids in his neighborhood.”

 

Despite requests to the governor that he send a designee from his Criminal Justice Information Authority to attend the hearing, no administration officials were present as families affected by gun violence and the residents of some of Chicago’s most at-risk neighborhoods urged lawmakers to reverse the governor’s cuts to CeaseFire.

 

CeaseFire has proven successful in curbing violence in some of Chicago’s most at-risk neighborhoods, but an executive order issued by Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2015 suspended state funding for the program. The governor has since proposed two budgets with zero dollars for CeaseFire, along with other programs proven to keep communities safe including Teen Reach and the Youth Jobs Program. In July 2016, Rauner bragged about cutting “wasteful state spending” including funding for CeaseFire. Meanwhile, violent crime in Chicago and other communities in Illinois has risen sharply: nearly 2,500 more people were shot in Chicago during the last two years when CeaseFire was shut down, compared to the last two full years when CeaseFire interrupters were engaged in community mediation.

 

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, who chairs the Appropriations-Public Safety Committee, questioned Rauner’s commitment to public safety services in his proposed budget and urged fellow committee members to restore funding for CeaseFire and other critical violence prevention programs.

 

“In his State of the State Address, the governor pleaded with lawmakers to address violence in Chicago, then two weeks later he stood before lawmakers and introduced a budget containing no funding for proven violence-prevention programs like CeaseFire, Teen Reach and the Youth Jobs Program,” Cassidy said. “The governor’s words did nothing for 12-year-old Kanari Gentry-Bowers, 11-year-old Takiya Holmes, and two-year-old Lavontay White, Jr., who were shot and killed the same week the governor presented his budget. Keeping our children safe takes more than words, it takes leadership. We all know the financial realities facing the state, but that’s no excuse to turn our backs on people who face the harsh reality that too many face in some of Illinois’ most at-risk neighborhoods.”

 

In order to help individuals find a path away from violence, CeaseFire outreach workers assist community members with job searches, continuing their education, and connecting with treatment for drug abuse. A 2016 study of the program shows that this holistic approach helps reduce rates of homicide and violent crime in neighborhoods with operational CeaseFire locations. Conversely, periods of unstable funding for CeaseFire and other violence prevention programs have been found to correspond with rising rates of shootings and killings in these same neighborhoods.

 

“CeaseFire helped me turn my life around. If they hadn’t been there for me when I was shot last fall, I don’t know where I’d be now,” said Niko Williams, a resident of Chicago’s West Side. “I have seen too many friends get shot, too many neighbors killed, and too many innocent children hit by stray bullets. I’ve also seen how CeaseFire saves lives. I’ve seen CeaseFire workers stand in the way of a gun to prevent shooting. I’ve seen how CeaseFire helps young people in my community get jobs, stay in school and keep out of trouble. Without them, these kids are getting caught up in crime and have no one around to show them a way out.”

 

The CeaseFire program approaches violence prevention as a public health issue and places workers in vulnerable communities to talk with victims, discourage retaliation, and provide preventative resources to people who are at-risk of engaging in violence. By sending outreach workers and violence interrupters to neighborhoods suffering the highest rates of shootings and killings, CeaseFire successfully mediates conflicts before they escalate to violence.

 

“Working for CeaseFire gave me a purpose – to help young people avoid going down the dangerous path that I did and that led me to 12 years behind bars,” said Angalia Bianca, an outreach worker and the implementation specialist for CeaseFire’s parent organization Stop Violence. “CeaseFire’s outreach workers and violence interrupters have found success by building real relationships in their communities. Data shows that eliminating funding for CeaseFire has led to the rate of shootings and killings in Chicago increasing – no question.”

 

 

State Senator Collins: Governor’s Budget Ignores Important Realities

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 SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Sen. Jacqueline Collins, D-Chicago, called out several inaccurate statements Gov. Bruce Rauner made in his address on a budget that would feature a $4.6 billion spending deficit.

“As the Senate continues to negotiate a budget agreement, I’m disheartened by several statements the governor made that mischaracterize facts or utterly ignore important realities,” Collins said. “These soundbites and slogans don’t get us closer to compromise and may actually hurt ongoing negotiations.”

Rauner Claim #1: “It’s why we’ve been working for two years to pass a truly balanced budget, to create equal access to strong schools and good jobs.”

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FACT: The governor’s two previous budget proposals weren’t balanced. The budget he proposed this year is also unbalanced.

Rauner Claim # 2: “When it comes to higher education, we understand the hardship being felt by students who rely on state assistance to go to college. That’s why we’re proposing a 10 percent increase to MAP Grant funding – so those students can focus on learning, and not their next tuition bill.”

 

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FACT: MAP grants, college grants for needy students, aren’t receiving state funding now. Public universities are also going without state aid. The governor recommended funding higher education at the level it was a few years ago, but his administration has failed to introduce legislation to do this.

Rauner Claim # 3: “Together, let’s look at each regulation we have, at every law we pass, and ask ourselves a simple question: how does this impact job creators?”

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FACT: Governor Rauner’s plan cuts after school programs like Teen Reach. Cuts like these not only meet local violence with inaction, but also mean the most vulnerable schoolchildren have less access to the educational opportunities they need the most.

Rauner Claim #4: “We know the challenges facing human services … that is why our proposal increases support for Child Care and other programs that assist children, senior citizens, and our other most vulnerable residents.”

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FACT: Governor Rauner has called every year for eliminating funding for afterschool programs for at-risk youth, homeless prevention services and programs that help autistic children.

 

Rauner Claim # 5:  “Job creators and relocation firms tell us that rooting out fraud and abuse from the worker’s compensation system and getting highest-in-the-country property taxes under control are two of the most important ways to make Illinois more competitive. Very high workers’ comp insurance costs in the private sector continue to drive businesses out of state – and in the public sector, they contribute to higher property taxes.  Changes are necessary to attract employers and create new jobs.”

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FACT: The General Assembly approved workers compensation reforms in 2011 to improve our business climate by reducing employer costs while preserving workers’ rights. An article published by the Illinois State Bar Association called the new laws the “broadest reform to Illinois workers’ compensation law since 1975.” The reforms resulted in declining costs to employers.

Clifford Law Offices Files Lawsuit Against J&J and Walgreens for Chicago Woman’s Cancer Diagnosis from its Talc Products

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 Clifford Law Offices late this afternoon (March 1, 2017) filed a complaint against Walgreen Co. and Johnson & Johnson for their selling talcum powder to a Chicago woman who has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer as a result of long-term use of the product.

 Andrea Harris, 63, of Chicago was diagnosed two years ago with ovarian cancer following her regular and prolonged exposure over the last 36 years to talcum powder that she purchased exclusively at Walgreens, a company based in Deerfield.

 The talc was manufactured, marketed, tested, promoted and distributed by Johnson & Johnson, a company based in New Jersey.  The complaint alleges that the companies held the product out to be safe for daily use despite studies that revealed information regarding its link to causing cancer, particularly in women.

 Harris, along with her husband of 47 years, Bart Harris, filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court after learning that talc is a known carcinogen, yet defendants continued to make and sell the product to unknowing consumers, such as Andrea Harris.  Harris stopped using the product in 2014 and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2015. More recently, Ms. Harris and the public learned of the causal link between talc and certain types of ovarian cancer.

 Harris is asking for an unspecified amount of damages for the defendants’ failure to warn her of the dangers of talc as well as for the negligent manufacture of the product, breach of warranty, negligent misrepresentation to her as a consumer, fraudulent concealment and intentional misrepresentation.  Her attorneys also allege a violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act.

For further information, please contact Clifford Law Offices Communications Partner Pamela Sakowicz Menaker at 847-721-0909 (cell).

Underground Railroad History Project to Host Liberty Con 2017 – “Americans@Risk: Race Denial, Privilege, and Who Matters”

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Liberty Con 2017

Nationwide — Liberty Con 2017 – Americans@Risk: Race, Denial, Privilege, and Who Matters, the 16th annual public history convention organized by Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region, is scheduled for March 24-25 at Schenectady County Community College in Schenectady, NY and on March 26 at The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence in Albany, NY. Race relations, gender issues, immigration reform, white privilege, and religion play a role in the risks Americans face today. Designed for a multi-age, diverse audience, this three day convention will explore these and other civil rights issues, locate them in their relationship with American history, and dialogue about action responses through a series of workshops, roundtable conversations, and keynote speakers. Is history repeating itself?

Tim Wise, internationally known anti-racist speaker and author, will open the proceedings on Friday, March 24 at 7pm in the Carl B. Taylor Auditorium of Schenectady County Community College on the theme of Racism, Denial, and Movement Building. Having graduated from Tulane University in 1990, he received his antiracism training from the Peoples Institute for Survival and Beyond (www.pisab.org) in New Orleans. Tim Wise has been featured in several documentaries, including White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America. Among his ten published works are included Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama (2009, City Lights Publishers) and White Lies Matter: Race, Crime, and the Politics of Fear in America (2017, City Lights Publishers). Wise has spoken at over 1,000 academic institutions, and to hundreds of professional and community groups around the country, in Canada, and in Bermuda. He has trained corporate, government, law enforcement and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions.

Tim Wise is one of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation. His considerable rhetorical skills, his fluid literary gifts and his relentless search for the truth make him a critical ally in the fight against racism and a true soldier in the war for social justice. His writing and thinking constitute a bulwark of common sense, and uncommon wisdom, on the subject of race, politics and culture. He is a national treasure. — Michael Eric Dyson, University Professor, Georgetown University, and best-selling author of nine books, including Race Rules, Holler if You Hear Me, and Between God and Gangsta Rap.

On Saturday, March 25 Liberty Con 2017 will host a keynote presentation, Cross Roads, given by CeLilliane Green (www.celilliannegreen.net), lawyer, poet, and playwright. Panel presentations, round tables, student poster displays, vendors, exhibitors, an art exhibition, web based games, a Solution Wall, and a Wheres Stevie search fill out the experience. Attendees are invited to come dressed in early to mid-19th century attire. Costumed re-enactors will bring historic abolitionists and freedom seekers to life. On Sunday, March 26th, an Open House will be hosted at the award-winning Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence.

Full details for Liberty Con 2017 – Americans@Risk: Race, Denial, Privilege, and Who Matters are available at www.undergroundrailroadhistory.org/conference or by calling Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region at (518) 432-4432.

Underground Railroad History Project researches and preserves the local and national history of the anti-slavery and Underground Railroad movements, their international connections, and their legacies to later struggles, engaging in public education and dialogue about these movements and their relevance to modern society. More information about Underground Railroad History Project and Liberty Con 2017 is available at www.UndergroundRailroadHistory.org or by calling (518) 432-4432.

 

Rauner Administration Provides Guidance to Victims Recovering From February Storms

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Illinois Department of Insurance Outlines What Families Should Do During the Days Immediately Following Severe Storms

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – As Illinois residents begin the recovery process from Tuesday’s devastating storms, the Illinois Department of Insurance is reminding those impacted by the damage that help is available.

“We want to make sure that people know we are here to help,” said Illinois Department of Insurance Director Jennifer Hammer.  “Our goal is to offer pertinent information to these families and provide some peace of mind during what is obviously a difficult time.”

Below are some tips to follow:

Who to contact after a disaster?

 

After a loss – what should I do?

  • Immediately contact your agent and give detailed descriptions of the damage to your property
  • Your agent will report the loss to your insurance company or to a qualified adjuster who will contact you to arrange an inspection
  • Take photographs of the damaged property if safe access is available

  • This should be done before you begin cleanup efforts

  • Prepare a detailed inventory of all damaged or destroyed personal property

  • Your list should include a description of the items, dates of purchase, cost at time of purchase and estimated replacement cost

  • If possible, safely make temporary repairs to protect your property from further loss

  • Save any receipts for supplies and materials you purchase as your insurance company will reimburse you for reasonable expenses in making temporary repairs

  • Maintain all bills and receipts related to repairs
  • Keep a record of all expenses, such as hotel and restaurant receipts

 

Services provided by your insurance company

  • An adjuster from the company may come to your home and prepare a written damage estimate

  • Be sure to get the name and telephone number of your adjuster

  • You should obtain a copy of the estimate report

  • Do not hesitate to ask questions

 

Hiring a Public Adjuster

  • Public adjusters may be hired by the consumer to help settle a complex loss negotiation with an insurance company

  • Be certain you understand what services the public adjuster will provide, and understand the fees he/she will charge

  • Illinois law requires public adjusters to be licensed with the Department of Insurance

  • Contact our Department to verify a public adjuster’s license

How to file a complaint with the Department of Insurance

Helpful Links:

Additional details – http://insurance.illinois.gov/Main/Consumer_Facts.asp

Property Insurance Consumer Guide – http://insurance.illinois.gov/Main/PropertyInsuranceConsumerGuide.pdf

Insurance Disaster Brochure – http://insurance.illinois.gov/HomeInsurance/disaster_brochure.pdf

Department of Insurance – http://insurance.illinois.gov/ or 1-866-445-5364

About the Illinois Department of Insurance

The Department’s mission is to protect consumers by providing assistance and information, by efficiently regulating the insurance industry’s market behavior and financial solvency, and by fostering a competitive insurance marketplace. The Illinois Department of Insurance assists consumers with all insurance complaints, including health, auto, life, and homeowner. Consumers in need of information or assistance should visit the Department website at http://insurance.illinois.gov/ or call our toll-free hotline at (866) 445-5364.

Justice, Anyone? Book Explores How American Judicial System Perpetuates Discrimination

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The likelihood of incarceration for minorities is twice as high as that of similarly situated whites, and sentences up to five times as severe, inevitably leading to correctional institutions populated with relatively more minority prisoners. — Racial Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System: An Assessment in the Empirical Evidence, NY African American Institute

Race Justice book by Roger Hicks
Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The recently published Race Justice: Judicial Atrocities Committed Against People of Color by Rogers Hicks is sobering reading for individuals from every ethnic and socio-economic background.This compilation of documents, including official court documents, numerous case studies, and the damning 1991 report of the New York State Judicial Commission on Minorities, outlines how judges, prosecutors, and police officials blatantly abuse their authority, suborn police perjury and utilize other illegal practices and procedures to deprive minorities of their constitutional rights under the guise of judicial process.Hicks, an accomplished jailhouse lawyer who served time in New Yorks infamous Attica State Prison in the 1980s, wrote the book to bring to light procedures that the judicial system uses to perpetuate inequality and that result in statistics such as the following: minority imprisonment rates in New York are more than ten times the imprisonment rate for whites, yet minorities make up only twenty-two percent of the state population.

Hicks comments, “We teach our children about slavery in the 1800s and the grave injustices our ancestors endured. We teach our children abut the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and the injustices we endured. Today, we teach our children lies and falsehoods about justice and equality for all in America. Race Injustice is my heartfelt attempt to educate minorities and to effect change so that America observes its own laws and justice truly becomes available to all.”

For more information about Race Justice: Judicial Atrocities Committed Against People of Color or to contact the author for media commentary, email rogershicks@yahoo.com or visit www.cbpm.org/racejustice.html
About the Author:
Rogers Hicks won a victory for inmates and jailhouse lawyers in the precedent-setting case Hicks v James. Since his release from prison in 1991, he has worked as a paralegal with private law firms and at Prisoners Legal Services of New York. In addition to appearing in lower state and federal courts, he has argued twice before New Yorks highest court, the United States Court of appeals for the Second Circuit, and is credited with numerous precedent-setting court decisions affecting civil rights and liberties. He also drafted and presented the original Petition to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on June 4, 1993.

 

Photo: Bookcover

 

 

 

NAACP’s Response to Betsy Devos’ Misappropriation of HBCU’s as School Choice

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BALTIMORE, MD — The NAACP released the following statement regarding Secretary Betsy DeVos promoting HBCUs as examples of school choice:Betsy DeVos’ statement concerning Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) was a painful display of a fundamental misunderstanding of the tragic history of race and education in America. To consider HBCUs as “real pioneers when it comes to school choice” is a revisionist rendering of history, at best, and a blatant disregard for the legacy of segregation and resistance in America, at worst.Historically Black Colleges and Universities, private institutions such as Morehouse College and Spelman College, or public institutions such as Grambling University and Jackson State University, were not established because African Americans had limited “options” for an education. They were so often the only option for African Americans who were systematically denied entry to other institutions of higher learning.Following the Civil War, church denominations, mission societies and philanthropists established HBCUs in order to educate formerly enslaved African Americans. By providing quality education to formerly enslaved African Americans, HBCUs resisted a racist education system that fought to restrict learning to wealthy families of European descent. These schools continued to serve African Americans when the flawed constitutional logic of Plessey v. Ferguson and Jim Crow segregation laws created educational apartheid in America. This long history of disenfranchisement has contributed to the current achievement gap in the United States.Secretary DeVos’ comments are disheartening and reveal this administration’s lack of understanding concerning the history and role of HBCUs. It is incumbent upon our officials to have a comprehensive and factual grasp of our history in order to better serve our communities and avoid repeating the mistakes of our past. Present educational policy cannot be predicated on a fundamental misunderstanding and misreading of tragic American history.

Attorney General Madigan Joins Drug Pricing Lawsuit

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Madigan and 39 Attorneys General File Amended Complaint in Lawsuit against Six Drug Companies, Alleging Violations of State Antitrust & Consumer Protection Laws

 

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined a federal antitrust lawsuit alleging that six generic drugmakers entered into illegal agreements in order to artificially inflate and manipulate drug prices for two generic drugs.

 

A lawsuit filed in federal court increases the number of states to 40 in the complaint filed against Heritage Pharmaceuticals Inc., Aurobindo Pharma USA Inc., Citron Pharma LLC, Mayne Pharma (USA) Inc., Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. in December 2016. The amended complaint also adds claims of violations of state antitrust and consumer fraud laws.

 

The complaint alleges the generic drug companies coordinated schemes with their competitors while at industry trade shows and customer conferences, as well as through emails, phone calls and text messages. The alleged conduct includes illegal price fixing and allocating markets that thwart competition and increase costs to healthcare.

 

“Our lawsuit alleges drug companies engaged in illegal behavior to increase the cost of drugs,” Madigan said. “This unlawful conduct is responsible for the soaring cost of vital and potentially lifesaving prescription drugs. This dangerous trend must be curtailed.”

 

The initial investigation into the pharmaceutical companies began in 2014 and examined the reasons behind suspicious price increases of certain generic drugs. The investigation continues into a number of additional generic drugs, generic drug companies and key executives. It has uncovered evidence of a well-coordinated and long-running conspiracy to fix prices and allocate markets for an antibiotic drug called doxycycline hyclate delayed release and an oral diabetes medication called glyburide.

 

The lawsuit was filed under seal in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Portions of the complaint being made public have been redacted in order to avoid compromising the ongoing investigation.

 

Joining Madigan in filing today’s complaint were attorneys general from the following states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

 

Bureau Chief Robert Pratt is handling the case for Madigan’s Antitrust Bureau.

 

A copy of the amended complaint can be found here.

 

 

State Senator Raoul: Governor Rauner’s Interference With Budget Deal Unconscionable

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SPRINGFIELD, IL —  State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) released the following statement on Governor Bruce Rauner’s interference with the grand bargain budget deal:

After weeks of bipartisan effort to end this historic budget crisis that has put our state $11 billion in debt, the Senate has once again been undermined by Governor Rauner. As soon as the grand bargain began to gain momentum with successful votes on some measures in the package yesterday, the governor’s office took swift action to deter Republican members from voting favorably on some pieces of legislation.

 

As always, I commend Leader Radogno for her willingness to negotiate in good faith, and I am sorry that the governor has sabotaged her work. I also applaud my Democratic colleagues for taking on difficult votes in an effort to move the state forward.

 

It is unconscionable and immoral for the governor to interfere with bipartisan cooperation when the budget crisis has real consequences for citizens in need of human services, businesses dealing with the state, and medical providers having to turn away patients. Additionally, this action allows for the continuance of an apartheid in our education system.

 

The governor’s actions are not those of a true leader. The people of Illinois elected a governor, not a king.

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