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Issues and Action

Let the President, your Congressmen, and your Illinois legislators know how you feel about today's issues.
You can find contact information for your US Congressional representatives and Illinois State legislators on the Illinois State Board of Elections website.

Phone calls to the White House can be made to 202-456-1414. Phone calls to Members of Congress can be made through the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121.

Gun Violence Prevention: SB1657

ACTION NEEDED:

Call your State Representative to support SB 1657, the Gun Dealer Licensing Act which would both license and regulate gun dealers in Illinois.

There are high expectations that the bill will be called during the extended (veto) session on October 24, 25, 26 or November 7, 8, 9. Find phone numbers for you legislators at https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/

WHY IT MATTERS:

This law would:
License and regulate gun dealers to hold those dealers accountable
Require background checks of employees and licensees
Allow for inspection of gun dealer businesses to ensure compliance
Require training of the licensee and employees to conduct background checks, stop straw purchases and ensure proper storage to prevent theft.
Prevent a new gun dealer business from locating within 1000 feet of a school.

Equal Rights Amendment: SJRCA0004

ACTION NEEDED:

Please contact your Illinois State Representative to support SJRCA004, Senate Joint Resolution Constitutional Amendment on the Equal Rights Amendment Please call your Illinois state representative before October 24th.

WHY IT MATTERS:

The Illinois Constitution has an equal rights clause: "The equal protection of the laws shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex by the State or its units of local government and school districts." (Article I, Section 18)

That clause does not apply to the U.S. government or to other states as the ERA would if it were part of the U.S. Constitution.

LWVUS has known that the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment equal protection clause may not be interpreted to apply regardless of sex. Therefore, LWVUS has consistently supported ratification since 1972 by its position: "The LWVUS supports equal rights for all regardless of sex."


Become a Grass Roots Advocate!

Would you like the Illinois State League to alert you when key decisions are pending on the issues you care about? Sign up to be a Grassroots Advocate here!

Resolve to Become a Cool Citizen!

The Elmhurst Cool Cities Coalition is a volunteer coalition of local institutions, organizations, business leaders and citizens working to achieve the goals of the Sierra Club Cool Cities campaign and the U.S. Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement.

The Sierra Club Cool Cities campaign empowers city residents and local leaders to join and encourage their cities to implement smart energy solutions to save money and build a cleaner, safer future.

The City of Elmhurst, along with more than 900 other cities around the country, has made a commitment to stopping global warming. Elmhurst Mayor Thomas Marcucci signed the U.S. Mayors' Climate Protection Agreement in October of 2007.

Initiated and led by Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels, the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (USCPA) is a pledge by mayors to reduce global warming pollution in their cities by 7% below 1990 levels by the year 2012.

In Elmhurst, the League of Women Voters has been instrumental in forming and leading the coalition
, along with local Sierra Club members. See accompanying article about how the Elmhurst Coalition got started in 2007.

Global warming requires solutions at every level. Cool Cities not only brings real solutions at local levels, it also showcases solutions for others to model and builds leadership to ensure solutions are implemented at state levels and nation-wide. Hybrid cars, energy efficient buildings, and renewable energy are just a few of the many ways to make this real. To read more about the League's involvement with the Cool Cities Coalition, click here.

Read an overview of Elmhurst Cool Cities' history and activities, and the Elmhurst Cool Cities Pledge. You can help by taking the Cool Cities Pledge yourself and making a personal commitment to keep our environment at the forefront of your daily activities.

Previous Issues Adressed by LWV Elmhurst

The impact of Illinois' fiscal crisis on our own communities: How does the Illinois fiscal crisis affect you and your neighbors?

The Elmhurst League, along with others across the state, surveyed a variety of local governmental entities, not for profit agencies, and private sector providers to find out where state shortfalls are and how these groups are coping with late and/or reduced funding. Please click here to review our summary of the survey results.

The League of Women Voters will only take action on issues we have studied and on which we have reached consensus, that is, general member agreement.
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