Time for Action is NOW on Illinois State Budget
At the recent LWVIL State Convention, our membership urged our newly elected board to direct the governor and leaders in the General Assembly to show political courage and meet their State Constitutional obligation to pass a full budget for Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018. Read the complete text of our new board president's letter HERE.
Our legislators must hear from as many people as possible that a budget must been passed immediately, with no more stop gap budgets.
Please share the message below today with your family, friends, and community leaders asking them to contact their legislator today. The short message to share widely is:
“We need a fully funded, year-long budget with new, permanent revenue that will stop the cuts, repair the damage that has been done, and make smart investments for the future.”
Why We Need Adequate Revenue: Illinois in Chaos
The League of Women Voters of Illinois shares in the outrage and disappointment of all members of the Responsible Budget Coalition and every resident in this state at the continued failure of our elected officials to pass a responsible budget. As the RBC statement outlines, the economic damage and human suffering caused by this failure continues to increase. We call on all League members and everyone else to contact your lawmakers to express the dire need for a full budget immediately. Please share widely.
News from the Supreme Court of the United States
In a 5-3 decision, authored by Associate Justice Elena Kagan, the Supreme Court today ruled that the North Carolina legislature gerrymandered two Congressional District unlawfully, relying too heavily on race. READ MORE.
Washington, DC - The League of Women Voters president, Chris Carson issued the following statement in response to reports that President Trump will announce an election commission to investigate false claims of widespread voter fraud in American elections: READ MORE
Local League Spotlight: LaGrange Area
This is the latest in a series covering all local leagues in Illinois.
The League of Women Voters of the LaGrange Area (LWVLGA) actively participates in many different aspects of their community. This group has an impressive record of action this past year:
Special Session - Contact the Governor
League of Women Voters of Illinois Issues Specialists are recommending that members contact the governor and ask for his support regarding a number of pieces of legislation. Click HERE for a list of bills. Those identified by number passed both houses of the General Assembly. The Legislation is organized by topic so that League members may select certain legislation or advocate for all of these worthy causes.
The Governor may be contacted at:
Office of the Governor
207 State House
Springfield, IL 62706
If you would like more information about any of the legislation, please contact email@example.com
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