Illinois Issues: ERA — Yesterday And Today

Illinois remains a battleground over women's rights.

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of  sex. 
—   The proposed Equal Rights Amendment. It might sound simple. It’s not.

 

Read Here: http://nprillinois.org/post/illinois-issues-era-yesterday-and-today-0#stream/0

 

The Fight Against Voter Suppression Goes to the Courts

Even before the Commission’s first meeting, organizations filed legal challenges against its work on a variety of transparency, privacy, and administrative policy grounds. Some actions targeted the Commission’s request for voter file data, while others challenge its operations and membership more generally.

Summer is Here and the Heat is On! **UPDATE**

Automatic Voter Registration SB1933 on Governor Rauner's Desk

This bill was passed unanimously in both the Illinois House and Illinois Senate.  With SB1933 on the Governor's desk, a signing ceremony had been scheduled a few weeks ago.  However, the signing ceremony was delayed because of staff changes in the Governor's office plus the recent flooding in Illinois and other issues of pressing business.  As of July 24th, the signing ceremony has not been rescheduled.  Governor Rauner has until August 28th to sign the bill or to exercise a veto.  If he does neither, the bill becomes law without any action by the Governor.

Here are just a few of the issues we're working on!

 

Reject ‘Election Integrity’ Commission’s Voter Suppression Agenda!

League Joins Letter to Secretaries of State Regarding Pence-Kobach Commission Data Request!

League Joins Call to Restore Funding for Election Assistance Committee!

Continue Opposition of Senate Health Care Plan!

League Calls on Congress to Pass a Budget that Meets Basic Human Needs!

 

Remember! National Voter Registration Day is September 26th!

THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW.

League Comments on Kobach Request for Voter Records  

Kris Kobach requested all states provide the personal information of every registered voter across the country for use by the Presidential Election “Integrity” Commission. The League issued a statement calling the request a giant fishing expedition meant to distract from the real issue of voter suppression. The League stands with those state leaders who have already come out to support their voters and refuse these requests from Mr. Kobach and the EIC. The Brennan Center for Justice has put together an informative memo outlining the legal risks involved with providing voter information to the Commission.

Continue Opposition of Senate Health Care Plan

The U.S. Senate released their plan to cut health care for 22 million Americans, cut Medicaid and reduce access to health care for women. Senate leadership was unable to garner enough support for the legislation and postponed a vote on the legislation. This is a small victory in the fight to maintain quality affordable care for all Americans. Please continue to call and email your Senators and let them know that America deserves better.

League Joins Letter in Support of Paid Family Leave

The League joined more than 340 organizations representing a range of demographic groups from more than 40 states in sending a letter to Congress urging members to support an inclusive paid family and medical leave policy and to reject alternatives that leave people behind. Specifically, the groups want to make clear that the parental-leave-only plan included in the administration’s FY 2018 budget proposal would do more harm than good and should not be considered a legitimate paid leave plan.

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