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Your voice is vitally important.

Legislators at local, state, and national levels of government listen to their constituents, and they want—and need—to hear your perspective. Your passion for mercy and justice in daily life for all people brings an important dimension into the conversations about community issues and public policy. Put your faith into action!

Tell Governor Rauner to Sign HB 5341 - The F.A.T.E. (Fair Access to Employment) Bill

People with criminal records should not have their past held against them in consideration for employment. Too often formerly incarcerated individuals are barred from employment for past mistakes.

HB 5341, the F.A.T.E. (Fair Access to Employment) Bill, removes the barrier of outstanding legal financial obligations like fines, fees, and costs from consideration when a person petitions to seal their record. HB 5341 does not excuse anyone from paying their debts. Instead, it will give individuals the opportunity to seal their record and, therefore, obtain a good job to pay their outstanding financial obligations.

Take Action Now: HB 5341 passed the Illinois General Assembly, and is now on the Governor's desk; tell the Governor to sign this important bill into law! Edit and send an email.

 Tell Governor Rauner to Sign the Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act

The Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking Act (SB 337 SA 3) encourages better business practices among gun dealers and holds corrupt dealers accountable. Other states that have adopted similar requirements have seen a 64% reduction in guns used in crimes. For more information, view the SB 337 fact sheet.
The Illinois General Assembly passed this bill with bipartisan support. It is now up to Governor Rauner to sign it.
There are additional ways you can make an impact:
  • Download this petition and collect signatures to send to the Governor.
  • Make phone call(s) to the Governor. Download a phone script.
  • Share all of the above with your Faith in Action team and congregation! 

Coalition to End Money Bond
Support bail reform in Cook County! For decades, legally innocent people have been incarcerated at Cook County Jail simply because judges set monetary bonds that they could not pay. Today approximately 2,500 people remain jailed in Cook County because they cannot afford to pay their money bonds. Access to money should not determine whether or not an accused person is detained in jail before a trial. In addition, African Americans receive disproportionately high monetary bonds and are disproportionately unable to pay these bonds. 

Reform Chicago's Police Contracts 

Chicago’s police union contracts do not effectively hold police officers accountable. The FOP and PBPA contracts make it hard to investigate misconduct and allow officers to lie about misconduct. CRS along with the Coalition for Police Contracts Reform (CPCA) is advocating for 14 reforms that would improve Chicago’s police union contracts and hold officers accountable.

Take Action (coming soon): Contact your alderman and ask them to publicly support these 14 recommendations.


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