In Matthew 15:21-28, a Canaanite woman seeks the healing of Jesus for her daughter, only to be rebuffed at her first request. She beseeches Jesus again. He reconsiders her request, heals the daughter, and she is made well.
This Biblical narrative teaches us the need for persistence in seeking what we value – and what we think God values – most. That is why Protestants for the Common Good continues to press, both within Illinois and nationally, for measures that serve the common good.
As we approach the end of our fiscal year, we now ask for your financial support.
Illinois is in fiscal, indeed, moral chaos. The state has many bills that are six months overdue; is shredding the human services safety net for the disabled, the mentally ill, and the elderly; and is cutting educational expenses and laying off teachers. Our legislators are likely to return home to run for re-election in the next few days after passing yet another budget based on borrowing, cuts and unpaid bills. We are witnessing collective irresponsibility of the highest order.
In response, PCG will persist. We will continue to fight for a budget that includes the revenue necessary to fund essential services for the needy of our state. We will visit these legislators in their local offices right up to the election in November. We will help you, and individuals in your congregations, to make your voices heard.
Even in the midst of this crisis for our state, PCG has played a key role in two important pieces of legislation. We expect passage of a bill that will limit the abuses of the payday loan industry, which currently charges annualized interest rates of over 700% and captures the desperately poor in unending cycles of debt.
We have also helped to gain support for The Illinois Safe Child Act, which removes juvenile prostitutes from the criminal justice system and offers treatment and safe haven as an alternative to jail. We expect passage of this bill before spring adjournment of the General Assembly.
These and other key parts of our Common Good Agenda would not be possible without individual contributions of the kind you have provided in the past.
As with the Canaanite woman, we believe in persistence. These are the most difficult of times in Illinois. But in the end, we will make a difference.
Your continued commitment to PCG will strengthen our ability to continue our work. Your persistent support is needed and greatly appreciated.