Thursday, August 3 - Pressure Rauner to Pass HB40 / Get Duckworth to Co-Sponsor DREAM Act / End Interstate Voter Crosscheck

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action #1: Call on Rauner to Sign HB40 and Attend Handmaid’s Protest 8/9 Downtown

  • Action #2: Call on Senator Duckworth to Co-Sponsor the 2017 DREAM Act

  • Action #3: Email to End Illinois’ Participation in the Interstate Voter Crosscheck Program

Tools You Can Use

  • Action #1: Call Rauner: Springfield Office 217-782-0244 | Chicago Office 312-814-2121

  • Action #2: Call Senator Duckworth: DC Office 202-224-2854 | Chicago Office 312-886-3506

  • Action #3: Get the Crosscheck email script here

Action #1: Pressure Rauner to Sign HB40 and Guarantee Reproductive Freedom in Illinois

HB-40 removes the Illinois abortion trigger law that would remove a woman's right to choose should Roe v. Wade be overturned in the Supreme Court. Governor Rauner has threatened a veto of HB-40 when it hits his desk. The state legislature is holding onto the bill that has passed both chambers until the governor reverses his stance. Stand with women across Illinois and demand that Rauner sign HB-40.

Call his office today: 312-814-2121 (Chicago) or 217-782-0244 (Springfield)

Script: Hello, I'm calling as an Illinois resident in [city] and zip code [zip code #] to urge Governor Rauner to commit to signing and passing HB-40 when it comes to his desk. This legislation will protect women's rights here in Illinois, and it is essential to ensuring that we do not take a step backwards as a state should the country do otherwise. Thank you.

Want to do more? Join the Handmaid’s Protest on Wednesday, August 9. Stop by the Thompson Center (100 W Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60601) between 7 a.m and 3 p.m. to keep the pressure on Rauner. RSVP here.

Action #2: Call on Senator Duckworth to Co-Sponsor the 2017 DREAM Act

One of the most important programs created under President Obama was the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program has allowed close to a million DREAMers to live and work in the U.S. lawfully. It is one of the most celebrated programs under President Obama — and now Trump is dead set on getting rid of it, and then deporting those who have benefited from it. Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham have co-sponsored a bipartisan “DREAM Act” (S. 1615) to create a legislative fix to the predicament of these young Americans, and take their future out of Trump’s hands. Get more info here.

Call Senator Duckwork to publically support the Durbin-Graham bill by becoming a cosponsor:  DC Office:  202-224-2854 | Chicago Office 312-886-3506

Action #3: Email to End Interstate Voter Crosscheck in Illinois

Did you know that every year for the past 7 years,the Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) participated in the Interstate Crosscheck program, which has shared your voter registration information plus the last four digits of your social security number with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach? Kobach has a long history of illegal voter suppression tactics and condoning discriminatory law enforcement practices. Kobach was the primary architect of NSEERS, the original “Muslim registry” created during the Bush Administration. Kobach runs the Interstate Crosscheck program and serves as Vice President of the Presidential Commission on "Election Integrity".

By continuing participation in this program, Illinois is collaborating with Kobach to perpetuate the lie that millions of votes were cast illegally in 2016 and props up a program designed to disenfranchise voters, primarily people of color, in neighboring states. We have a chance to end this program this month.

Take action TODAY by emailing the State Board of Elections. Click the link to read more about the program and find a helpful script for you to email the SBE.