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Three bills -- important to PCG’s Common Good Agenda -- “made it out of committee” last week in Springfield and have been “reported favorably” to the Illinois House. Now the bills can be considered by all members of the House of Representatives. Each of these bills is likely to stimulate significant debate when called for a vote. Stay tuned!

A group of religious leaders held a press conference at the Chicago Temple on Tuesday, February 23rd, to call for three actions: that Governor Quinn delete video gambling from the state budget, that the Gaming Board call a moratorium on video gambling expansion until all costs are identified and addressed, and that each alderman in Chicago hold a discussion about the impact of video gambling in the ward before there is any vote in the City Council.

Popular wisdom in Illinois said that we would address the state's fiscal and revenue crisis after the primary, but in this first week of the 2010 Spring Session of the General Assembly, it appears that the new message is "Not yet."

The beginning of February means one thing for those of us in the advocacy world – our legislators are headed back to Springfield, and we need to go with them!

“What’s the most effective way to influence a legislator,” we asked a member of the General Assembly last summer. His response was quick and emphatic, “A visit is worth 100 letters!”

On June 26th, HR 2454— The American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) — passed out of the House of Representatives with a vote of 219 to 212.

Our Faith in Action Day for Education Funding Reform, a partnership of PCG and he Community Renewal Society, was a memorable experience. We had an important message, some great speakers (especially Representative David Miller, D-29), an enthusiastic crowd, and gorgeous weather.

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