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Tonight: Rallies to Slam Bush Veto

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At rallies tonight in Chicago, the suburbs and downstate, Republicans in the Illinois congressional delegation are being asked to vote to override President Bush’s veto of legislation expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Moveon.org and Citizen Action-Illinois are planning rallies at 6 p.m. tonight in Chicago (at Belmont and Lincoln), in Oak Park (at Scoville Park) and in Skokie (Skokie Bvd. and Golf Rd.) to protest yesterday’s veto by the president and call on Congress to override it.

A 6 p.m. rally outside the district office of U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-10th district), 707 Skokie Bvd. in Northbrook, will encourage him to maintain his support of SCHIP. Kirk and Ray Lahood (R-18th district) were the two Illinois Republicans who supported the program’s expansion.

In Urbana a rally at the Veterans Memorial, Broadway and Main, at 5 p.m. tonight will target Rep. Timothy Johnson (R-15th district), who advocates say could be the first Republican vote to switch from opposing the SCHIP expansion to suppporting an override of the Bush veto.

Ongoing organizing efforts will target Johnson along with Reps. Judy Biggart (R-13th district) and Peter Roskam (R-6th district), said Lynda DeLaforgue of Citizen Action.

“This is a defining moment for the health care movement and for the direction of our country, DeLaforgue said. “Clearly the President has a different set of priorities than most of the American people.”

For more: Lynda DeLaforgue [2], Citizen Action Illinois [3], 312-427-2114