An Important Week to File Witness Slips!
By David Curtin   |   04.01.24
Illinois State lawmakers will be back in session this week, and hundreds of bills are moving through committees. We want to thank those of you who have taken time to take action on these email alerts. It is vitally important that policy makers hear from Illinois constituents and not just special interest groups/activists.
Family Planning Services for the Preteen
By Thomas Hampson   |   03.19.24
A bill currently under consideration in the Illinois General Assembly would allow children 12 and up to apply for Medicaid to pay for “family planning” services. Specifically, HB 5473 states: “Notwithstanding any other provision of this paragraph (2), a minor who is 12 years of age or older may sign and file an application of the minor’s own behalf if such application is for the Article V family planning program enacted by Public Act 102-665 amending Section 5-5 of this Code.”
Primary Election Day: Polls Are Open!
By David E. Smith   |   03.19.24
Citizens across the state of Illinois will be casting their votes in today's General Election. Pro-family candidates need your vote. Values Voters must stand up and be counted. Our voice in this midterm election - and in every election - is critical.  So, if you haven't already voted in this election cycle, please make sure you get to the polls today!
Illinois Primary Election — SPECIAL LOCAL VOTER GUIDES
By David E. Smith   |   03.19.24
The March 19th Primary Election is less than 6 days away and early voting will come to an end on Monday, March 18th. As in every election cycle, this election is critical for Illinois, and it is crucial that your voice is heard. We cannot emphasize strongly enough how important it is for Christians to be good stewards of God’s amazing gift of self-government and exercise our civic duty to vote.
Christian, Do Your Duty: Vote!
By Rev. Thorin Anderson   |   03.15.24
Every American citizen has, among other things, the right and responsibility to vote. If too many fail to take this responsibility seriously, it allows for a few, with bad intentions, to transform the state into an oligarchy or dictatorship!
Please Submit Witness Slips for These Bills
03.11.24
Please take the time to let lawmakers know that voters are watching what they do while they're in session. As you know, there is a small window to be able to submit these witness slips.
Its Nose in the Tent
By Thomas Hampson   |   03.11.24
The legislative effort to address bullying in Illinois started in 2006 when the Illinois School Code was amended. The act required schools to establish an anti-bullying policy, inform students and parents about it, and keep their updated policies on file with the Illinois State Board of Education.
Another Opportunity to File Witness Slips!
03.04.24
There has been a flurry of activity at the Capitol in Springfield which will continue until March 22nd before lawmakers break for for Spring Break. We urge you to take a few minutes to file witness slips for a dozen bills that will soon have a hearing.
Here Come Da Judge!
The seemingly never ending efforts to keep Donald Trump from regaining a return to his temporary residence at the White House got personal in Illiinois this week. The Chicago Tribune alerted us that Cook County Judge Judge Tracie Porter has ruled that the former president should have his name struck from the March 19 Illinois Republican primary ballot.
Redefining Child Abuse
By Thomas Hampson   |   02.28.24
Whenever a legislator proposes a new law, supposedly, that new law is intended to solve some problem. But what problem does the law proposed by Anne Stava-Murray seek to solve in HB 4876? Her bill would expand the definition of child abuse to include a parent or other member of the household who...
A Christian Response to “Death with Dignity”
By Brandon Myers   |   02.27.24
The forces of darkness in Illinois want to take the state’s death agenda to the next level. Some deceived politicians have now introduced an assisted suicide—euphemistically referred to as a “Medical Aid in Dying” or “Death with Dignity”—bill in Springfield. A bill sponsored by Illinois Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora), SB 3499 creates the “End-of-Life Options for Terminally Ill Patients Act.”
Order Voter Guides For 2024 Primary Election
By David E. Smith   |   02.24.24
We are currently taking orders, in any amount, for our 2024 Primary Election Voter Guide. The non-partisan IFI Voter Guide helps voters know more about the positions of candidates who are seeking their vote on March 19, 2024. It will also soon be available online at illinoisfamily.org/2024voterguide.
Time to File Witness Slips & Make Your Voice Heard
By Kathy Valente   |   02.19.24
Many bills have been filed since the start of this second half of the legislative session. IFI is keeping a close watch on which get assigned to a committee so that you, as an Illinois voter, can make your position known by filing a witness slip.
“Illinois is Failing Children of Color?”
By Kathy Athearn   |   01.27.24
A recent news story by Chicago’s WGN9 is titled “Illinois is Failing Children of Color.” It examines  “Race for Results” –a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation which found that children of color face several “inequities” in Illinois.
Local Focus
By Thomas Hampson   |   01.25.24
Why are local elections so uninteresting to voters? Local elections in Illinois generally draw about 16% of registered voters. This is compared to the average turnout over the last 20 years for presidential elections in Illinois of 63% and the average turnout in the off-year elections of 44%.
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