Legislative Update

Legislative Update

Policy staff reports on the status of our policy initiatives.

In this Easter season, FORCE leaders are spearheading advocacy efforts for people with criminal records who have turned their lives around to have the opportunity to work in local schools. Help us keep the momentum going before the next crucial deadline.

Help increase employment opportunities for people with criminal records. Make phone calls to the following State Representatives TODAY.

Time is running out for the Illinois General Assembly to pass legislation to raise the minimum wage. There are only 3 days left to take this important step.

This will be a close election. Take action and vote early today for the mid-term election. Talk with people in your church about the importance of voting. Our votes can make a difference.

We’re committed to strengthening our community by getting voters registered. As part of our 2014 voter registration drive, Community 
Renewal Society has joined thousands of other organizations across the country to celebrate National Voter Registration Day on September 23, 2014.  


Governor Quinn signed a law to fund meaningful community-based services for survivors of human trafficking and encourage a more effective law enforcement response to end demand for sexual exploitation.

On Wednesday, June 25, 2014 the Chicago City Council unanimously passed the Responsible Sale of Firearms Ordinance to help prevent gun trafficking. The vote comes in advance of a federal court-ordered July 14 deadline to allow gun shops in the city.

Failure to vote on HB 2897 by the Illinois House of Representatives before the end of the spring session will delay the Cook County Drug Field Test Pilot Program. This initiative would have run for one year starting September 1, 2014 and could have saved the county millions by significantly reducing the amount of time pretrial defendants wait in Cook County Jail.
The Illinois General Assembly adjourned the spring legislative session on May 30, 2014.  Join us in celebrating these victories!

Urge your Illinois legislators to expand the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) to make the Illinois tax code fairer for working families who live in poverty.


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