The 2013 Session of the Illinois General Assembly convenes on Tuesday, February 5, 2013. Gun control, minimum wage, coal mining/burning, Medicaid expansion, fracking, felony sealing expansion, and medical marijuana are among the issues on our policy agenda this year, but revenue concerns, health insurance exchanges, and pensions will dominate much of the session’s policy deliberations.
The voices of faithful advocates will be needed this year more than ever. You can use our “top ten” lists to help you get involved in legislative advocacy:
TOP TEN LEGISLATIVE DATES
February 6 – Governor’s State of the State speech, noon
March 6 – Governor’s Budget Address, noon
March 20 – Minimum Wage Faith-in-Action Day at the Capitol (to be confirmed)
April 8 – Spring Advocacy Network Briefing
April 17 – Community Renewal Society Faith-in-Action Day at the Capitol
May 2 – Environment Lobby Day
May 31 – Scheduled Adjournment
February 11-15 House not in session
February 18-22 Senate not in session
March 25-April 5 Passover/Easter break for both House and Senate
TOP TEN FAITH-IN-ACTION OPPORTUNITIES
ATTEND Faith-in-Action lobby days in Springfield.
CALL, write, or visit your elected officials regularly.
ENCOURAGE three friends to make a call/visit every time you make one.
INVITE PCG/CRS staff or board members to speak at your church.
JOIN the Advocacy Network.
PRAY for your elected officials.
PREACH on faith, justice and related community issues.
READ The Common Good News regularly.
WRITE a letter to the editor on an important legislative bill.
VOLUNTEER to help us organize faith-in-action days.
There’s a lot of exciting work to be done, and it’s time to get started. See you there!