Wednesday, April 25 - Oppose SB 3053 / Support the Small Donor Matching Bill

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Call on State Senators to Oppose SB 3053

State Senators are currently colluding with corporations to strip Illinoisans of our biometric privacy protections. Our biometric information includes fingerprints and voice, face, and iris scans. This goes far beyond information that discloses our location or our opinions--this is unique and unchangeable personal information.

SB 3053 is designed by lobbyists to weaken the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). This landmark law was championed by the ACLU and passed in 2008, becoming the strongest biometric privacy law in the nation.

The bill is under consideration in the State Senate TOMORROW, and we need to target the Telecommunications and Information Technology committee leaders and members.

Call committee chairperson Senator Bill Cunningham: (217) 782-5145
Call committee vice-chairperson Senator Omar Aquino: (217) 782-5652

If your State Senator is on this committee list, call them as well.

Script: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm an Illinois citizen and member of Indivisible.  I'm calling to urge Senator __________ to protect Illinois biometric privacy protections by voting NO on SB 3053 in tomorrow's committee hearing. Thank you.

 

Action 2: Support the Small Donor Matching Bill

During the General Assembly’s last session, Sen. Daniel Biss was able to pass a critically important piece of campaign finance reform legislation that would help to minimize the impact of big money on our political system. The Small Donor Matching Bill (SB1424, HB5531) would provide matching dollars via a public financing system for small donations for candidates who opt into the system. It could go a long way towards leveling the playing field for candidates who don't have the personal wealth to self-finance.

Unfortunately, neither SB1424 nor HB5531 were allowed to advance before the committee deadline and the bills are unlikely to advance this year. However, the Assembly will be holding a public hearing on HB5531 at 10 a.m. on May 1 in the Bilandic Building in Chicago.

A small donor matching system has the potential to reduce the influence of money in politics, and open the door for a pool of candidates who are more grassroots and diverse. It allows candidates for office in Illinois to receive matching funds for small donations they receive.

This system, which has proven successful in other areas of the country, also holds elected officials accountable to voters instead of their largest donors. A small donor matching system encourages participation by citizens in the political process, enabling candidates to compete equitably for public office and ensuring that candidates have sufficient funds to communicate their messages to the public.

Fill out a witness slip for the Small Donor Matching Bill before the hearing on May 1!

  1. Click here to view the witness slip

  2. Fill out I. IDENTIFICATION.

  3. Leave "II. REPRESENTATION" blank (unless you actually are representing an organization)

  4. III. POSITION: select "Proponent"

  5. IV. TESTIMONY: select "Record of Appearance Only

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