Time for Action Alerts Process
Why do I get action alerts from LWVIL?
A major part of the League’s mission is to influence public policy through education and advocacy. Through study and member agreement, the League has developed positions on issues ranging from government structure to natural resources to social policy.
The Illinois League has 20 Issue Specialists working in 17 issue areas. We place emphasis on areas of the legislative agenda where the League is a recognized leader and we believe we can have the most impact.
Issue Specialists track legislation in their issue areas and ask members, by way of Time For Action alerts (TFAs), to take action when appropriate. League members may be asked to contact their state senators and representatives and ask them to vote for or against a particular bill.
TFAs generally contain the bill number and title; Issue Specialist and Issues VP contact information; the action that needs to be taken; background on League’s position; and bill status information.
TFAs are sent to all LWVIL members automatically unless they have unsubscribed. Non-members can sign up for alerts from LWVIL here.
Why do I receive more than one alert on the same issue?
Legislation is voted on and can be amended several times before it becomes law, either in committee or on the floor of a legislative chamber. Bills must pass both chambers--in identical form--before they can be sent to the Governor.
Since amendments can change the focus of a bill dramatically, you may be asked for action on the same bill multiple times.
What should I do when I get a TFA?
Contact your legislator by phone or email. Let them know who you are, where you live, what bill you would like them to support or oppose, and why.
Legislators like to hear from their constituents, and it often only takes a few phone calls to change a vote.
The League publication Making Your Voice Heard offers more information about the legislative process and tips on communicating with your legislators.
You can look up your legislators' contact information here. The status of all bills, resolutions, and public acts can be found at www.ilga.gov.