Bring Justice to Springfield!

Today HB 2373, which expands eligibility for the sealing of criminal records, passed out of the Illinois House, 80-34!  This bill now moves to the Senate.  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. 

Join us for the Day of Faith at the Capitol on May 9 when we will continue to advocate for HB 2373, as well as to celebrate and acknowledge the great work of FORCE (Fighting to Overcome Records and Create Equality). We will hold a rally and hear testimony from FORCE leaders and other stakeholders to recognize the impact of FORCE.

We also want to thank and congratulate our Chief Sponsor Representative Camille Lilly and partners in the Restoring Rights and Opportunities Coalition of Illinois (RROCI) – Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, and Heartland Alliance – for their work on HB 2373.

Reserve your seat on the bus now for our annual Day of Faith at the Capitol on Tuesday, May 9.  You will have the opportunity to meet with your state legislators and gather with Faith in Action leaders from across the Chicagoland area for a powerful day of prayer and action.  In addition to HB 2373, we will be advocating for legislation to address violence and strengthen police accountability.

If you have not yet attended an Advocacy Training to learn about this year's legislation, there is a final session scheduled for this Saturday, April 29 at New Landmark Baptist Church, 2700 W. Wilcox St.  Register now for Advocacy Training!

Can’t join us in Springfield? Make an investment in Community Renewal Society so that we can continue to speak truth to power and advance legislation that strengthens our communities. It takes $50 to provide materials such as flyers and information packets for our volunteers and leaders. It takes $100 to facilitate an advocacy training session as we equip our volunteers and leaders for meetings with elected officials. It takes $1,000 to get 50 volunteers by bus to Springfield to educate our lawmakers on legislation for criminal justice reform and police accountability. By giving to Community Renewal Society, you are not only helping to make our trip to Springfield possible, you are investing in justice in our communities.

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