ERA and Illinois
In 1972, Congress passed the Equal Rights Amendment and most states promptly approved it. But over the years, it fell three states short of the two-thirds necessary for ratification. Last March, Nevada ratified the ERA leaving only two states to go. Thanks to the April 11th Illinois Senate vote to ratify, Illinois is on the verge of being one of those final two states.
The operative language of the ERA is only 24 words: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” It is a simple declaration that discrimination on the basis of gender is not allowed. READ MORE
Testimony on HB5531 Small Donor Matching
LWVIL Issues Specialist, Paula Lawson, testified at the hearing on the Small Donor Democracy Matching System for Fair Elections Act on May 1, 2018.
HB 5531 fulfills the League’s belief that the method of financing political campaigns should enable and encourage candidates to compete equitably for public office. The proposed System will provide opportunity for a more diverse slate of candidates, and more options for voters at the polls.
Read her full testimony HERE.
Supreme Court Summary
The Supreme Court wrapped up its 2017 term last week and will be issuing decisions as we head into the summer months. Here are a few cases we’re watching:
Gill v. Whitford
A partisan gerrymandering case that challenges the state legislative maps drawn by the Wisconsin legislature. In 2010, the majority party in Wisconsin, secretly drew legislative maps that would ensure that their party had control of the legislature for decades to come. Our brief in this case argues that partisan gerrymandering violates the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
A Citizenship Question is Bad for our Census
The Commerce Department is proposing a question that asks the citizenship status on the 2020 Census. This decision is bad for the census, bad for our communities and bad for America.
Every community relies on Census data — from apportioning our national representatives to making decisions about public safety and neighborhood resources — this information impacts every aspect of our lives. A fair and accurate count lets our leaders and businesses make sound investment decisions that keep our communities thriving. READ MORE
Tell Congress to Pass Sensible Gun Laws
Students, parents and concerned Americans marched in Washington D.C., and other cities across the country, to demand that their lives and safety become a priority and that we finally put an end the epidemic of mass school shootings. Across the country, the League of Women Voters marched with them, setting up voter registration tables to ensure those speaking out are heard at the ballot box this year.
We marched for the lives of America’s children. We marched to urge Congress to enact common-sense solutions to the gun violence plaguing our nation.
Our Annual Appeal is now in process. We used email to make the request to all members. Your support is vital to our work. Click on the links below to donate:
To Support the LWVIL's advocacy and lobbying on Public Policy issues -- a gift of this kind is NOT tax-deductible
To Give to LWVIL's Education Fund to support Civic Education and Voter Service -- a gift of this kind IS tax-deductible
Donations by check are also welcome! Please make your check payable to the League of Women Voters of Illinois Education Fund if you want your donation to be tax deductible, otherwise LWVIL will suffice. Be sure to note that it is for the Annual Appeal in the memo line.
Be sure to respond by May 31st. We have volunteers ready to follow up by phone, so we appreciate hearing from you to cut down on the number of calls!
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