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Kristi Sanford
Cell: 773-456-4024

IIRON is a good source for journalists seeking grassroots sources to speak about issues of economic and racial justice.  Watch this 9 minute video featuring our leaders speaking about IIRON’s analysis about what’s wrong with our economy and the long-term agenda we’re organizing to win so that the economy can work for everyone.

IIRON is a leading member of the Fair Economy Illinois coalition seeking to bring corporate tax transparency and close corporate tax loopholes in Illinois.

Press Coverage & Mentions

Crain’s Chicago Business (2/19/14): The Reason Most Illinois Companies Don’t Pay State Income Taxes

The Hill (1/12/14): Federal Budget Woes & Lessons from the State, by George Goehl of National People’s Action

Chicago Tribune – Front Page Article (1/20/14): Activists at MLK Event Tie Equality to Wages

WLS ABC 7 – Originally a 2.5 Minute Segment (1/19/14): MLK Celebration Pushes Economic Equality

Progress Illinois (1/19/14): Chicagoans Hold MLK Day Rally, Discuss Socioeconomic Issues & Legislation

Huffington Post (1/20/14): Progressive Activists Reclaim MLK’s “Radical” Legacy on Wage Equality

Chicago Tribune (10/24/13): Doors Still Closed to Corporate Tax Disclosure Bill

Chicago Sun-Times Business Blog (9/27/13): Corporate Tax Disclosure – End to Legalize Bribery or Hostile Action

WLS ABC 7 (9/27/13): Fair Economy Illinois Speaks Out Against Corporate Tax Dodging

Progress Illinois (9/27/13): State Hearing Reignites Debate over Corporate Tax Disclosure in Illinois

WLS ABC 7 (8/22/13): Protestors Demand End to GE Tax Dodging, Call on Senator Durbin to Close Tax Loopholes

Chicago Sun Times: Photographs from “Durbinville” shantytown action on Thursday, December 6, 2012

CAN-TV: Durbinville full event coverage, live streamed on Thursday, December 6 at noon

Newstips by Curtis Black: “Durbinville Dramatizes Safety Net Cuts

WBBM Radio: “Protestors Set Up Durbinville Shantytown to Oppose Entitlement Cuts

WBEZ Chicago Public Radio: “Activists Occupy Shantytown at Federal Plaza

Getty Images: Durbinville Photograph, Another Getty Images photo made the Washington Post Pictures of the Day but is no longer available online.

Common Dreams: “#Durbinville Targets Key Democratic Senator Willing to Cut Social Programs

Progress Illinois: Illinoisans Erect Shantytown to Call for Fair Fiscal Cliff Solutions

In These Times: Activists Arrested Confronting Dick Durbin about “Fiscal Cliff” on November 9, 2012

Progress Illinois: Clergy Smash Golden Calf to Press Dick Durbin to Serve People’s Interest in Fiscal Cliff Negotiations on November 8, 2012

Chicago Tribune: “Business Tax Breaks Under State Microscope”, March 3, 2012, Although we are not mentioned in the article, Make Wall Street Pay Illinois (of which IIRON is a member) co-released the Good Jobs First report that is heavily cited in this article. and WBGZ: Fat Cat Rally

Progress Illinois: Chicagoans Call On Quinn to Close Corporate Tax Loopholes

The Chicago Reporter: Activists in Illinois Push to Tip Scales in Favor of Civil Society

Progress Illinois: Number of the Week: 6,230

Reuters: Protests Intensify as Mortgage Settlement Nears

Progress Illinois: Southside Organization Gives “Occupy” New Meaning

Sun Times: Occupy Draws on MLK’s Legacy

Tribune: Religious Leaders, Occupy Celebrate King

Progress Illinois: Occupy Chicago, Religious Leaders Use MLK Holiday as Means to Call for Change


Past Press Releases

January 19, 2014 -  2,400 Call for Racial, Income Equality in Chicago’s Largest Multi-Racial Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

April 10, 2013 –  500 Chicago Area University Students from 5 Campuses Gather to Demand Debt Reduction, Affordable Higher Education and Climate Change Action

January 6, 2013 – Despite Poll Showing Overwhelming Support for Corporate Tax Transparency by Illinois Voters, House Revenue Committee Fails to Pass SB 282

January 3, 2013 –  Poll Shows Overwhelming Majority of Illinois Voters Think Corporations Should Disclose Tax Information

December 6, 2012 – Grassroots Groups Set Up “Durbinville” Shantytown in Growing Waves of Protest Against Economic Safety Net Cuts

November 8-9, 2012 – Clergy, Citizens Demand Senator Durbin Represent People’s Interest in Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

February 20, 2012 – Jobs MIA Despite Costly Corporate Tax Breaks

January 23, 2012 – Clergy, Homeowners Demand AG Madigan Withdraw from 50 State Robosigning Settlement

January 19, 2012 – South Side Community Leaders Liberate Vacant, Foreclosed Home

January 17, 2012 – Northsiders March on Bank of America to Stop Evanston Foreclosure

January 15, 2012 – “Occupy the Dream” MLK Event Kicks off Week of Protests Against the Reign of the 1%