August was eventful, to say the least. White supremacists and Nazis marched on Charlottesville, proudly and publicly defending their beliefs. An eclipse darkened skies across the country. The Gulf Coast was submerged by thousand-year floods. Then, on Monday, reporters heard the most shocking news of all, straight from the Illinois Executive Mansion. In a press … Continue reading Governor Rauner and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad voucher program
Emerging from the intern cubby after six amazing weeks on the Hill, I leave just like I came: wide-eyed, hopeful, and hungry for change. Except, a new feeling of confidence has wiggled its way in. First arriving in DC, I was honestly quite cautious. The Hill was actually on a hill (who knew altitude was … Continue reading Reflections: Blue Hilltern in a Red Legislature
“People will tell you your whole life what you can’t do.” Senator Heidi Heitkamp, Democrat of North Dakota, looked out over the moderately sized crowd of interns in Russell’s Kennedy Caucus Room. Hearings on the sinking of the Titanic had taken place in this room. Crucial parts of the Watergate investigation had taken place in … Continue reading The Life of the Unpaid Hilltern
Life comes at you fast, and I’m pretty sure it moves even faster during the Trump administration. Here’s a walk-through of American news from the last week, in case you missed anything. Questions? Something I missed? Leave them in the comments! Wednesday, July 26th Donald Trump surprised his West Wing and Pentagon staff by tweeting … Continue reading Is it 2020 Yet?
By Executive Director Ryan Thornton People almost constantly tell you to call Congress, be it a UC Dems Facebook post, or President Trump telling people to call their representatives. But, the question most people (including myself) ask is why does it matter. But, after half of a summer interning with Senator Tammy Duckworth, I can … Continue reading Calling your Congressperson: Why it matters