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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!

By now you have probably heard that five of the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court cannot think of any reason why corporations doing business in this country should be prevented from spending as much money as they want to defeat a political candidate or policy that is not to their liking, or to elect one that is.

Rockford, IL: Join with the Illinois Partners for Human Services, a coalition of human service organizations dedicated to quality services, adequate funding and measurable results, to learn more about the upcoming legislative session and how to get involved. The meeting will take place at the Burpee Center – Regents Hall at Rockford College, 5050 E. State St. from 8:30 a.m. until noon. For more information visit www.illinoispartners.org.

Mt. Vernon, IL: Join with the Illinois Partners for Human Services, a coalition of human service organizations dedicated to quality services, adequate funding and measurable results, to learn more about the upcoming legislative session and how to get involved. The meeting will take place at the United Methodist Children’s Home at 2023 Richview Rd from 8:30 a.m. until noon. For more information visit www.illinoispartners.org.

Northfield, IL: PCG Executive Director Rev. Alexander Sharp will be preaching during the main service at Northfield Community Church beginning at 10:30 a.m. Before the service, he will be leading the adult education hour beginning at 9:15 a.m. Northfield Community Church is located at 400 Wagner Rd. For more information, please contact the PCG office at 312-223-9544.

“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!”

What’s a great wedding without lots of wine?

Last week several PCG board members had the opportunity to discuss the state budget crisis with a colleague who – in addition to attending PCG Board meetings – also serves as the Illinois Secretary of Human Services.

We asked her about the crisis. Her reply was haunting: “We feel like we are standing over a big hole.”

The last few weeks have seen a lot of media attention directed toward religious organizations, their representatives, and the positions they are taking on various public issues, from climate change to marriage equality for homosexuals, from health care reform to hate crime laws, from rising poverty rates and income disparity to the decline of religion in the U.S., based on the number of U.S. citizens who claim “no religion” in answer to survey questions.

A new book exploring religious behavior has appeared, with a most interesting approach to its explanation. The book is _The Biology of Religious Behavior: The Evolutionary Origins of Faith and Religion_ (Santa Barbara: Praeger, 2009) and it is edited by Jay R. Feierman, M.D., a retired Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico.

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