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New progressive caucus forms in the Illinois House

SPRINGFIELD — A group of Illinois House members have formed a caucus to push for progressive causes like cannabis legalization and campaign finance reform.

The State Journal-Register of Springfield reported that the new Progressive Caucus announced goals at a press conference on Thursday.

From the Journal-Register:

Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, said the formal structure of a caucus will give them more power in the legislative process.

In the caucus’ statement of principles, the group states the government must “dismantle structures of inequity and replace them with a framework that promotes justice.”

“We believe there’s an unjust concentration of power at the very top, and the government has an important responsibility to provide basic decency and equity and dignity for everyone,” Guzzardi said.

Most of the members are from the Chicago metro area with Rep. Carol Ammons, a Democrat from Urbana, being the only member from downstate. Ammons also filed the first cannabis legalization bill earlier this week.

Guzzardi, Ammons and Rep. Theresa Mah of Chicago will serve as co-chairs.

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