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Your voice is vitally important.

Legislators at local, state, and national levels of government listen to their constituents, and they want—and need—to hear your perspective. Your passion for mercy and justice in daily life for all people brings an important dimension into the conversations about community issues and public policy. Put your faith into action!

 


 

Immediate Action: Oppose Mass Incarceration Legislation


Illinois senators will soon vote on a bill that would enhance Illinois’ already harsh sentencing policies but not reduce violence. This proposal is a continuation of harmful public policies that studies have shown are ineffective. 

Take action: Send an email to your senator to oppose SB 1722, Amendment 2, and file a witness slip in opposition by tomorrow at noon, when the Senate Criminal Law Committee will vote on this bill.

 


 State Leaders, Propose a Complete Budget


Illinois’ stopgap spending plan expired on December 31, 2016. There will be no payments for services provided in 2017 until our Governor and lawmakers pass a budget.

The people of Illinois want public investments that allow communities to thrive like great schools, healthy families and safe streets. Businesses and organizations need a ready workforce and predictability to plan and grow. To make smart investments our elected leaders must pass a year-long fully funded state budget supported by adequate revenue.

Illinois has been without a budget for almost two years now. We have set a new record for the longest a state in the U.S. has gone without a budget. Social service agencies are closing their doors and our backlog of bills has reached over $11 billion. This is unacceptable. 

Take Action: Call on Governor Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly to set aside political agendas and present complete budget proposals that invest in Illinois families and communities.

 

 

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