Friday, April 27th - ACA repeal vote delayed!

ACA repeal vote delayed!

All the calls and pressure worked and moderate Republicans couldn't vote for the disaster that is Trumpcare 2.0, a.k.a. Zombie Trumpcare. The vote has been delayed, but you know they're still working on the votes. We need to keep the pressure on, so more of the same today. Today's post is the same with some new images.

What can we do? Well, here's the options:

For those in Roskam's district

He's the closest thing to a moderate Republican we have here in Illinois. Call him and ask him to vote against this bill. Here's a suggested script:

Hi, my name is __________ and I'm a constituent of Congressman Roskam and a registered voter. I'm calling to ask him to vote against the latest attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act. I'm troubled that the latest bill would allow states to end protection for people with pre-existing conditions. And frankly, I'm disgusted that members of Congress have chosen to exempt themselves from the restrictions of this bill. If Congressman Roskam votes to support this bill, he will not have my vote and I will do everything in my power to make sure he loses re-election.

DC: 202-225-4561

West Chicago: 630-232-0006

For those of us that are not in his district

Tweet at Congressman Roskam:

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@PeterRoskam

Share this image and let him know that there are 710,000 constituents in his district that don't appreciate having worse coverage than the man that is supposed to represent them. Or let him know your ACA story. Or just ask him to be a human. Go crazy, it's social media.

For the Chicago representatives

And finally, for the members of Congress that we expect to oppose this bill (that is, anyone in Chicago), we need them to speak out against this bill. 

Call your Representative and let them know that we won't stand for an revival of Trumpcare.

Script: Hi, my name is _____________ and I'm a constituent of Representative/Senator _____________. I'm calling to ask him/her to speak out against any revival of ACA repeal and fight against the new amendment to AHCA that would force tens of thousands of your constituents to pay higher premiums.

Senator Durbin - 312-353-4952
Senator Duckworth - 312-886-3506

And you can find your representative's number here

Take a look at Tuesday's daily action for more details

 

Tuesday, April 25th - Keep Zombie Trumpcare in the grave

Say no to Zombie Trumpcare

Trumpcare will not die.

The president is demanding that something, anything legislative get done during his first 100 days, so he's trying to revive the disastrous Trumpcare bill, much to the chagrin of just about everyone. If he doesn't get this done, he fails to clear the money for tax reform (tax reform that can be done with a simple majority, anyway) and then he's starting to run out of accomplishments.

The problem is, they've managed to make Trumpcare 2.0 even worse than the original. In order to appeal to the more conservative members, they've removed coverage for the essential health benefits (maternity care, prescription drugs, substance abuse, etc) and moved it to the states and they will allow insurers to charge more (drastically more, in some cases) for pre-existing conditions by utilizing high risk pools. In the end, what matters most, is 24 million people will still lose insurance in this deal and premiums would still increase for the most vulnerable.

This deal is a non-starter and we should make sure our members of Congress know. Call your Representative and let them know that we won't stand for an revival of Trumpcare.

Script: Hi, my name is _____________ and I'm a constituent of Representative _____________. I'm calling to ask him/her to speak out against any revival of ACA repeal and fight against Congress wasting any more time on this.

Phone banking to support HB40

Tonight, our very own Indivisible 123GO is hosting a phone banking session for HB40 in cooperation with www.passhb40.com from 4pm-8pm in Beverly. You definitely do not have to be there for the whole time, so whatever time you can make it is still very valuable. If you can't make it today please check out the link above for other times and locations.

Monday, April 24th - Call for HB40

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HB40 must pass

With the appointment of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade is one again in trouble. Illinois has on it's book a "trigger law", which means that if Row v. Wade is ever overturned, abortion will immediately become illegal in Illinois. HB40 is a bill put forth to repeal that trigger law and protect women's health care rights in Illinois regardless of what happens in Washington.

Congresswoman Schakowsky's office is working with Personal PAC, Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Future Voices Council, and Men4Choice to launch a massive outreach campaign to support HB40, give cover to reps on the fence, support reps in target districts that support HB40, and point out Bruce Rauner's two-faced lie about his stance on reproductive rights in those districts.

The've had 2,885 phone conversations and 223 conversations at the door in just three days of outreach with target voters and expect to triple or quadruple that number next week.  We're based out of 10 Democratic offices around Cook County and have scheduled over 30 house party phone banks across the state, including Springfield, Rockford, Bloomington, and soon, the Quad Cities.

They've made it incredibly easy to phone bank and influence a red district from the safety of your blue district. You can go to www.passhb40.com and find out where to go.

This bill needs every vote it can get. Let's do this.

Witness slip for Ratification of Equal Rights Amendment

(From equalrightsamendment.org)

The Equal Rights Amendment was passed by Congress on March 22, 1972 and sent to the states for ratification. In order to be added to the Constitution, it needed approval by legislatures in three-fourths (38) of the 50 states.

By 1977, the legislatures of 35 states had approved the amendment. In 1978, Congress voted to extend the original March 1979 deadline to June 30, 1982. However, no additional states voted yes before that date, and the ERA fell three states short of ratification.

The 15 states that did not ratify the Equal Rights Amendment before the 1982 deadline were Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, and Virginia.

Since formulation of the "three-state strategy" for ratification in 1994, ERA bills have been introduced in subsequent years in one or more legislative sessions in twelve of the unratified states (Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah, and Virginia).

Between 1995 and 2016, ERA ratification bills were released from committee in some states and were passed by one but not both houses of the legislature in two of them. In Illinois, the House but not the Senate passed an ERA ratification bill in 2003, while the Senate but not the House did so in 2014

Ratification of the ERA is up again in the form of SJRCA 4. Now is our change to sign a witness slip and show the overwhelming popularity of this join resolution! Indivisible has been very effective in driving up witness slip numbers, so let's keep up with this trend. Go here and fill out a witness slip as a PROPONENT of the joint resolution, representing "self", and check Record of Appearance.

 

Friday, April 21st - Upcoming events

The congressional work week is ending, and so we'll get back to regular calls to our Senators and Representatives on Monday. There's going to be plenty to call about with Trumpcare 2.0 almost certainly coming out. Until then, here are a few events to put on your radar.

Coming together against hate, fear mongering and bigotry, Committeeman Robert Murphy and NW Side residents will stand up for our American values by protesting radio talk show host Joe Walsh.   We will join together and stand up for our American values.  On Friday, April 21st, at 6:30PM the local branch of the Republican Party is hosting a fundraiser at 6122 N Milwaukee Ave, and they have decided to celebrate Walsh, best known for not paying child support and being temporarily thrown off the airwaves for uttering a string of racist epitaphs.  This Tea Party hardliner has a litany of outrages, including “rewriting” Martin Luther King’s seminal I Have Dream speech, closing it instead with “I have a dream that one day black America will cease their dependency on the government plantation…and instead depend on themselves.”

Some other choice quotes by this NW Side GOP club “star”:

  • President Obama was elected "because he pushed that magical button: a black man who was articulate, liberal, the whole white guilt, all of that.”

  • “Hey black America: quit complaining about slavery & inequality.”On women’s rights, he is well outside the mainstream, not even supporting abortion rights when the woman’s life is at risk: “There’s no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing.”

  • On Tammy Duckworth’s military service and the injuries she suffered Walsh claimed: “My God, that’s all she talks about.”

  • Tried to get off of paying his child support (he was nearly $120,000 behind) after his defeat to Duckworth by claiming he had become unemployed “through no voluntary fault of his own.”

Join he 39th Ward Democratic Organization, Committeeman Robert Murphy and affiliated organizations to protest ol' Joe Racism tonight, Friday, April 21st, at 6:30PM at 6122 N Milwaukee Ave. Facebook event is here.

Indivisible Chicago and all the affiliated neighborhood groups will be meeting on the SE corner of Michigan and Jackson to march together. Look for the Indivisible signs. But whether you march with us, or march with friends, just come down and support science. Who ever thought we'd need a march for science? In a world where the president used to fire celebrities for money, anything is possible. Check out the Facebook event here and share it around.

Fun fact: Since the 70's more than 2000 people in IL - MOST in Chicago - have been convicted of public corruption

How can Chicago be broke? The city's budget is around $20 billion. Yet, if we recover the money stolen from us, uncover the money hidden from is and discover the money we leave on the table every year, we could potentially have $5 billion in new savings and revenues at our disposal to fund the city we love. Tom Tresser, author and editor of Chicago is Not Broke, puts the lie to the claim that our city is broke and offers a cogent, solution-focused analysis of Chicago's financial state and suggests a new progressive agenda for how we can fund the city we deserve. Hear the man, buy the book, and join Indivisible Chicago and Printers Row to find out how you can help!

Check out the Facebook invite here. You can meet the author and discuss what's going on in Chicago and why a city with so much money can't seem to fund itself.

Tuesday, April 18th - Comment on EPA regulations

In accordance with Executive Order 13777, “Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda,” EPA is seeking input on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.

You can go to this page and let the EPA know what you think about their desire to gut the EPA regulations. From The Hill:

President Trump has signed an executive order Friday establishing regulatory watchdogs inside federal agencies who are responsible for enforcing his agenda.

The Enforcing the Regulatory Reform Agenda executive order will create a task force and regulatory reform officer at each federal agency, appointed by agency heads.

The task forces will be responsible for combing through existing regulations within 90 days to determine which ones can be repealed or modified.

You can go hear and leave a comment letting them know to stop trying to roll back all the EPA regulations that serve to protect our environment.

 

How can Chicago be broke? The city's budget is around $20 billion. Yet, if we recover the money stolen from us, uncover the money hidden from is and discover the money we leave on the table every year, we could potentially have $5 billion in new savings and revenues at our disposal to fund the city we love. Tom Tresser, author and editor of Chicago is Not Broke, puts the lie to the claim that our city is broke and offers a cogent, solution-focused analysis of Chicago's financial state and suggests a new progressive agenda for how we can fund the city we deserve. Hear the man, buy the book, and join Indivisible Chicago and Printers Row to find out how you can help!

Check out the Facebook invite here.

Town Hall with Jan Schakowsky

Can't get enough of the whole town hall thing?, You can check out the town hall with Congresswoman Schakowsky the next day up in Arlington Heights.  Sign up here.

April 18th, 6:30 pm

Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

Arlington Heights, IL

Thursday, April 13th - Town Halls for April Recess

Upcoming Town Halls and Events

It's district work week, so the town halls are starting to pop up. 

Saturday, April 15th - Tax March Chicago

For some reason, our President seems to think we don't want to see his taxes. Come on down and show him he couldn't be more wrong. Event will be in Daley Plaza starting at 11 am and going until 2:30pm. Check out the Facebook event here.

Monday, April 17th - Town Hall, Hosted by Indivisible in cooperation with Senator Durbin, Reps Quigley and Schakowsky

In case you didn't see, Senator Durbin was a late add to our town hall and will be joining Congressman Quigley and Congresswoman Schakowsky. We are done taking RSVPs for this event, but keep an eye on the IL-5 Facebook page and the Facebook event for news of our Facebook Live stream. We will go live at 6:15pm. We are working on overflow room but that will be limited and we can't guarantee when that will fill up. Also, you can follow @IndivisibleChi on twitter for more info.

Tuesday, April 18th - Town Hall with Danny K. Davis

Join Danny Davis of IL-7 and see what he has to say about the community and our continued fight.

Apostolic Faith Church Chicago, 3823 S. Indiana

6pm-8pm

Facebook event is here

Tuesday, April 18th - Town Hall with Randy Hultgren

They are calling this a Q&A session with the League of Women Voters and Congressman Hultgren. A good chance to go and show support for constituents asking tough questions if you are from the Chicago area, and for his constituents to hold his feet to the fire.

I can't find a link to any events, but this is from the League of Women Voters website. 14th Congressional District Q&A with Rep. Randy Hultgren. Come meet your 14th District Representative, Randy Hultgren. Doors open at 6:30.

Arcada Theatre
105 E Main St, St Charles, IL 60174
Directions

7pm - 8:30 pm

Saturday, April 22nd - March for Science

Come down to March for Science! Indivisible will be there in support. March starts at 10am. Here's a link to the Facebook event.

Location: 101 E. Congress

 

Wednesday, April 12th - Chicago is not Broke and Fighting for our privacy here in Illinois

Chicago is not broke

How can Chicago be broke? The city's budget is around $20 billion. Yet, if we recover the money stolen from us, uncover the money hidden from is and discover the money we leave on the table every year, we could potentially have $5 billion in new savings and revenues at our disposal to fund the city we love. Tom Tresser, author and editor of Chicago is Not Broke, puts the lie to the claim that our city is broke and offers a cogent, solution-focused analysis of Chicago's financial state and suggests a new progressive agenda for how we can fund the city we deserve. Hear the man, buy the book, and join Indivisible Chicago and Printers Row to find out how you can help!

Protecting our privacy in Illinois

As we all know, the President signed into law a bill rolling back Obama-era privacy protections and allowing our online information to be sold to the highest bidder. That's done and the only way we can reverse that is to get back in control of Washington. However, there are things we can do at the state level. SB1502 and HB2774 are the Illinois Senate and House bills introduce the Right to Know act. These bills allow the people of Illinois to find out what companies have sold their information, where they've sold it to, as well as what information they have collected. Adding this transparency to the process will make it a lot harder for companies to sell your data and set a precedent for other states to do the same. HB2274 is a very popular bill, so let's focus on SB1502.

SB1502, is now up to 4 co-sponsors. Let's help give this bill a bump and see if we can get it a up to an even dozen co-sponsors. That's more than doable through the strength of Indivisible Chicago and is something that should be important to us all.  Let's try two things. Let's call (script below) and then also let's go to your state Senator's website and send a message asking them to co-sponsor. You will need to google your state Senator to figure out their webpage as there's no easy to access list of all of them.

 Find out who your state members of the legislature are here.

Action: Check the link above for your State Senator and call them if they aren't co-sponsoring The Right to Know Act

Script: Hi, my name is __________ and I'm a constituent of State Senator ____________. I'm calling because I'd like Senator _________ to sign on as a co-sponsor of SB1502, the Right to Know act. This is an incredibly important bill now that Washington has made it legal for companies to sell my information to the highest bidder.

Tuesday, April 11th - Jeff Sessions ends forensic science commission; Senator Duckworth town hall

Jeff Sessions ends forensic science commission

The Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is moving to end the National Commission on Forensic Science, a panel of about 30 independent forensic scientist enlisted by former President Obama to raise forensic standards. They will be replacing this with an internal department crime task force. What made them want to make this change? My guess is that the old task force had the work "science" in it, and not enough "crime". This gets us closer to the Trump administration's desired standard that everyone that is accused of a crime is probably a criminal and we don't want to let forensic science get in the way of a conviction.

Investigating improving forensic science, a science that can tip the scale of justice, should continue to be independent, and not controlled by those looking to prosecute. We need to stop whittling away at every independent research institution put into place by President Obama. Call your members of Congress and ask them to denounce this change.

Script: Hi, my name is _______________ and I am a constituent of Congressman/woman/Senator ____________. I'm calling to ask the Senator/Congressman/woman to speak out of the elimination of the National Commission on Forensic Science by the Attorney General. Having an independent view of forensic science is an integral part of protecting people from wrongful prosecution.

Senator Duckworth Town Hall Tonight

This town hall with Tammy Duckworth popped up pretty last minute and is in Palatine, IL, so getting to this town hall from Chicago is certainly going to be tough. It would be great if we had some Indivisible Chicago representation, but getting out to Palatine at 5:30 is certainly tricky. 

Let's give Senator Duckworth a call and let her know that, if she really wants to hear the voice of all the people, she should give more notice. What she's done seems like an attempt to suppress the crowd.

Chicago office: 312-886-3506

Join U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth for a town hall meeting at Harper Community College. Entry cannot be guaranteed without a ticket. One ticket per attendee. Seating is limited. No food, drinks, promotional materials or signs of any kind will be permitted at the event.

Where: J Theatre at Harper Community College
1200 West Algonquin Road
Palatine, Illinois 60067

When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
5:30 pm CT - 6:30 pm CT

RSVP here

 

Friday April 7th - Approaching Syria with compassion

Today was a tough one. It started with Mitch McConnell invoking the nuclear option in the Senate, killing the filibuster, and ended with 50 Tomahawk missiles fired at Syria. 

The Syria issue is tremendously complicated and difficult. It's easy to talk about Trump's hypocrisy given his tweets from 2013 telling then President Obama to stay out of Syria. Or we can be concerned about the 24 hour turn around in opinion and what seemed like a sudden bombing without explanation. Or we can be purely partisan and just not like it because Trump is Trump and we don't like him. 

But then there's the picture of the father holding his deceased 9 month old twins, suddenly partisan politics are pretty far from one's mind. And honestly, it's hard to know how to feel about this or what would be an appropriate action to take regarding this issue. One thing we do know is that, in the end, everything comes down to compassion. When you're unsure what direction to take, turn to compassion.

One thing that's certain is the refugee crisis will only get worse. If you want to make a difference during this difficult time, consider donating to one or more of these organizations.

Refugee One

World Relief Chicago

Loom Chicago

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

HIAS Chicago

And finally, here at Indivisible, we specialize in calling our Members of Congress and this is the time to pick up the phone. The attempted muslim ban is still causing travel issues and refugees are still being vilified rather than welcomed. It's time to call and let your members of Congress know they need to resume calling for the welcoming of refugees. Once thing that's clear: it's disgusting to oppose Assad and his horrific actions while at the same fight to keep Syrian refugees out.

Action: Call your Members of Congress and ask them to resume calling for the welcoming of refugees and remind them we're a country of immigrants.

Script: Hi, my name is ___________ and I'm a constituent of Congressman/woman ___________. I'm calling to ask him/her to remember that refugees are still being kept out of American and call for the welcoming of Syrian refugees in America. As the Assad regime brutalizes their people, we need to be the country to welcome his victims to a better life.

If you'd like to protest the bombing, there is a protest tonight from 5-7pm at the Trump hotel. Here is a link to the Facebook event. This is not a protest that Indivisible is partnering with, but I'd imagine there were will be plenty of members of Indivisible there.

Food for the lawyers fighting at OHare

The Trump travel ban is still causing major problems for people trying to come to - or return to - the US. Lawyers, translators, and others are working at O'Hare to help them and they often put in long days, from 6am to 12pm.

We may not be lawyers and translators, but there is something we can do to help. Sign up to help feed these resistors fighting against Trump. Sign up here to get detailed instructions as to what you can do to make a real, practical difference.

(thanks for Joanne Schlichter for letting me know about this)

 

Wednesday, April 5th - SB982 heading to the floor; Condemn Trump's petty politics; Support the filibuster of Gorsuch

SB982 might be heading to a floor vote

For those of you that have been following along for the last month or so, you know that Indivisible has been working to push through SB982, the Senate bill requiring 5 years of tax returns to get on the Illinois ballot.

Now it looks like the bill might be heading to the floor. What we need is for everyone to call their State Senators in Springfield and ask them to vote yes on the bill if it goes to the floor today. This helps remind them of the vote and reaffirms their "yes" vote. You can find your State Senator's contact information here. You want to use the Springfield number as part of what we're doing is reminding them of the vote.

Action: Call your State Senator and tell them to vote yes on SB982

Script: Hi, my name is ____________ and I'm a constituent of Senator ___________. I'm calling because I heard that SB982, the bill requiring 5 years taxes returns for a Presidential candidate to get on the Illinois ballot, might be going to a floor vote today and I wanted to ask the Senator to vote yes on the bill. 

Follow @IndivisibleChi on Twitter for details on if the bill heads to the floor and if it passes.

Trump's Statement on Syria is Unacceptable

From an article in The Guardian:

At least 70 people have been killed in northern Syria after being exposed to a toxic gas that survivors said was dropped from warplanes, an attack that sparked comparisons to the most infamous act of the country’s six-year war.

At least another 100 people were being treated in hospitals in Idlib province where the strike took place at dawn on Tuesday. Several dozen others were transferred to Turkey, some in critical condition.

This includes at least 11 children among the casualties. This is a truly heinous act and a war crime. Trump's response? Blame Obama.

This is unacceptable and no president should respond to a tragedy with petty politics. Call your representative and let them know that you want them to speak out against Trump's response.

Script: Hi, my name is __________ and I'm a constituent of Congressman/woman ________. I'm calling to ask the Congressman/woman to condemn President Trump's callous response to the Syria chemical weapon use in the strongest possible terms. Please let President Trump know that it isn't acceptable to play politics with children's lives.

Support our Senators on Gorsuch

Senator Durbin is emerging as a strong voice against the Gorsuch nomination. He and Senator Jeff Merkley have taken the floor today to speak out against Gorsuch. We need Senators Durbin and Duckworth to hold strong against Gorsuch and keep making the argument that he is not a fit choice for the Supreme Court. Let's call and lend our support as they hold strong in the filibuster and lobby against the nuclear option.

Action: Call your Senators and thank them for fighting against Gorsuch. 

Thank you calls are the best. Just use your own words and have fun. They'll love getting a thank you call.

Senator Durbin - 312-353-4952
Senator Duckworth - 312-886-3506

 

Tuesday, April 4th - Witness Slip Tuesday

Action: Fill out Witness Slips for Illinois Legislation

Focusing on state government is one way we can fight back against the Trump agenda as state laws can counteract federal and limit their effectiveness. And besides that, we all live in Illinois and so what happens in Springfield impacts all of us. Illinois allows us to file Witness Slips, a sort of popularity contest helping legislators judge how many people like a given bill. Here are a few selected by The Witness Slip Project.

It is strongly recommended that you create an account that will pre-fill all the information for you with each witness slip you fill in. For representing, you can say "self". Once you have an account made, you can click through all of these witness slips easily and the whole process will take you less than 5 minutes.

All these witness slips were compiled by The Witness Slip Project, a Facebook group that does amazing work working through the mess that is the Illinois Legislature and figure out what legislation needs witness slips. All synopses are from them and all the credit belongs to them.


SB31-SFA1: Illinois Trust Act
Suggested Action: PROPONENT

SB31 is a bill that would keep local police from being deputized by immigration authorities unless they have warrants; would bar federal agents from state-funded schools or health institutions unless they have a court-issued warrant. Click here to fill out a witness slip saying PROPONENT, representing "self", and check "record of appearance only". In this case, in section 3, change the drop down from "Original Bill" to "SFA 1" in section 3 since it's an amendment.

SB0940 MENTAL DIS-COMMUNITY-BASED

Suggested Action: Proponent

This bill establishes a schedule for the transition to community-based services of persons over 18 years of age with developmental disabilities who qualify.  Click here to fill out a witness slip saying PROPONENT, representing "self", and check "record of appearance only".

SB1784 Tree Cutting - Protected Land
Suggested Action: Proponent


This bill amends the Wrongful Tree Cutting Act. Changes the definition of "stumpage". Defines "protected land" and "qualified professional forester or ecological restoration professional". Provides that any party found to have intentionally cut or knowingly caused to be cut any standing timber or tree, other than a tree or woody plant referenced in the Illinois Exotic Weed Act, on protected land, and the party did not have the legal right to so cut or cause to be cut, must pay the person or entity that owns or holds a conservation right to the land 3 times stumpage value plus remediation costs. Click here to fill out a witness slip saying PROPONENT, representing "self", and check "record of appearance only".

SB 1738: Raising IL minimum wage

Suggested Action: Proponent


This bill amends the Minimum Wage Law. Increases the minimum wage from $8.25 to $9.50 beginning July 1, 2017 and increases it by $1.25 each July 1 of 2018 and 2019 and increases it by $1.50 each July 1 of 2020 and 2021, at which point the minimum wage will be $15.00. Provides that beginning July 1, 2022, the minimum wage shall be increased by 2.5% or the increase in the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers, whichever is lower. Deletes the allowance for gratuities. Effective immediately. Click here to fill out a witness slip saying PROPONENT, representing "self", and check "record of appearance only".

SB 1453 PERSONNEL-SUPPORTED EMPLOYEES
Suggested Action: PROPONENT


This bill creates a program to offer short-term employment to individuals with physical or mental disabilities. Click here to fill out a witness slip saying PROPONENT, representing "self", and check "record of appearance only".

SB1649 EPA-DISPOSAL-ASPHALT ROOFING
Suggested Action: Proponent

Synopsis As Introduced
This bill amends the Environmental Protection Act. Provides that no owner or operator of a sanitary landfill that is located within a 25-mile radius of an eligible shingle recycling facility (currently, a site where asphalt roofing shingles are recycled under a Beneficial Use Determination pursuant to specified provisions of the Act) shall accept for disposal loads of whole or processed asphalt roofing shingles. Makes a corresponding change. Defines "eligible shingle recycling facility". Removes language providing that provisions concerning the disposal of asphalt roofing shingles are repealed on February 1, 2018. Click here to fill out a witness slip saying PROPONENT, representing "self", and check "record of appearance only".

SB1775 MUNI-GREENHOUSE GAS TASK FORCE
Suggested Action: Proponent

This bill amends the Illinois Municipal Code. Creates the Municipal Task Force on Recycling Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions to review the status of municipal policies and programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions nationally and internationally. Provides that the review shall include, but not be limited to, specified greenhouse gas initiatives. Provides that the Task Force shall prepare a report that summarizes its work and makes recommendations resulting from its review. Provides that the Task Force shall submit the report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than one year after the effective date. Contains provisions concerning the membership of the Task Force. Provides that the members of the Task Force shall be appointed no later than 90 days after the effective date of the amendatory Act. Provides that the provisions creating and concerning the Task Force shall be repealed 2 years after the effective date.  Click here to fill out a witness slip saying PROPONENT, representing "self", and check "record of appearance only".

SB 626 NURSING HOME-STAFFING-NURSES
Suggested Action: Opponent
This bill allows the Director of Public Health to grant staffing waivers to nursing homes that are unable to meet the state's registered nurse staffing levels but meet certain requirements.Click here to fill out a witness slip saying OPPONENT, representing "self", and check "record of appearance only".

 

Indivisible IL-5 Town Hall

Indivisible IL-5 is hosting a Town Hall in cooperation with Mike Quigley and Jan Schakowsky. We rallied outside his office, called for a town hall, and he agreed! So let's come out and show him how much we care.
April 17t, 6:15pm-8:15pm

Irish American Heritage Center
4626 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL 60630

Seating is limited, so RSVP here and submit your questions.