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!
Expand the Eligibility of Felony Records that can be Sealed
HB 2373 will expand the eligibility of felony records that can be sealed, allowing more people to petition the court to have their records sealed from public view. This bill has moved to the Senate.
HB 2373 passed out of the Illinois House, 80-34, on Thursday, April 27! Thank you for your continued advocacy to remove barriers and increase opportunities for people with records to have access to quality jobs, safe housing, and education.
Tell your Senator to "Ban the Box" in Higher Education
People with criminal records are being deterred from getting an education. The majority of colleges ask about an applicant's criminal record. But, asking this question has a chilling effect — discouraging individuals with criminal records from completing the application.
HB 3142 passed the Illinois House on April 4, 2017 and is currently pending in the Illinois Senate.
Oppose Mass Incarceration Legislation
A bill that would enhance Illinois’ already harsh sentencing policies but not reduce violence is currently pending in the Illinois House. This proposal is a continuation of harmful public policies studies have shown are ineffective.
Thanks to your action, a previous version of this bill did not pass during the January 2017 “Lame Duck” session. Your action is needed again!
For more information, see the Oppose SB 1722 Fact Sheet.
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