Call your US Representative and both of our US Senators, Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, to support HR4477 (in the House) and S.2135 (in the Senate) to Fix NICS, National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

This legislation will improve and enforce reporting to NICS. 

To find your legislators:


  • More than 20 people were killed at a mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The gunman, a former member of the US Air Force, was imprisoned for domestic abuse but the Air Force didn't relay that history to NICS, which should have prevented him from buying the guns he used.
  • This legislation will make it easier to legally prevent individuals from buying a firearm if they have previous felonies, indictments and other crimes which include domestic assaults.
  • The Senate Bill provides financial incentives for states and federal agencies to increase the frequency of reporting offenses that would legally prohibit an individual from purchasing a gun.

There is rare bipartisan support for this legislation.



Call your Representative in Congress to oppose HR 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. Find phone numbers for your legislators at

The Act mandates that each state recognize concealed carry permits from every other state. This bill just passed the House Judiciary Committee and is expected to pass the full House of Representatives soon.

This bill would make it legal for dangerous and untrained people to carry loaded, hidden guns in more public places. If this bill passes, people who are prohibited from getting a concealed carry permit in a state with strong gun laws will be allowed to apply for a permit in a state with weaker laws. In fact, 12 states do not require a permit to carry concealed firearms. This includes convicted stalkers, domestic abusers, people convicted of violent crimes, and people with no training or experience firing a gun.

This bill fails to create a national standard for who should be allowed to carry a concealed weapon and undermines states rights by forcing states with strong concealed carry laws to honor permits from states with weak or non-existent concealed carry laws.

Concealed carry reciprocity will make it nearly impossible for law enforcement officers to quickly and easily verify that people carrying a hidden, loaded weapon are doing so legally. Nearly every major law enforcement association OPPOSES this bill because of its potentially tragic consequences for public safety.

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Co-Presidents' Erin Roeper & Mary Emily Grant

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Geni Cutler, Executive Director of Suburban Access, Inc

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Bonnie Cox, LWVIL President




Most likely we all remember the Women's March of 2017, an outpouring of strong sentiments worldwide in reaction to the campaign and election of 2016.  On January 20, 2018, the theme is "March to the Polls."  What an opportunity to promote the LWV and our commitment to democracy and voter service! 

The LWVIL Board is encouraging LWV members across the state to participate in the event.  If coming to Chicago, we'll let you know when and where to convene.

Wherever you march, we encourage you to carry signs that promote the LWV. Include your local LWV website or our LWVIL site: We're working on a hashtag, too. (Perhaps #LWVILMarchToThePolls ?)  We'll keep you posted on that.  

Let's make sure that all those photos tweeted and posted to Facebook and Instagram of our Leaguers and their signs promote our dedication to helping voters be informed and engaged. 

Let's invite them to get more information about us and join us, too!

In a webinar for LWV state leaders last week I learned of the LWVUS board's recommendations for revamped LWV vision and mission statements.  Here they are:

  • Mission StatementEmpowering Voters. Defending Democracy. 
  • Vision Statement: We envision a democracy where every person has the desire, the right, the knowledge and the confidence to participate.

 I could see those statements as good ones on our signs.  How about you?

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