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TIME FOR ACTION: Reproductive Rights
ACTION NEEDED: 
Please ask your State Senator to SUPPORT SB1594, which would repeal the Parental Notification of Abortion Act. This bill would repeal an act that requires a healthcare provider to notify an adult family member at least 48 hours prior to performing an abortion for a patient under 18. The bill is on 2nd reading in the Senate.
WHY IT MATTERS:
The minority of teens who cannot tell a parent about an unplanned pregnancy usually have good reasons for not doing so. They fear
  • physical or emotional abuse
  • loss of shelter or financial support
  • being forced to have a child against their will
In addition, some have parents who are seriously ill or imprisoned. Since a judicial bypass law went into effect in 2013, 99.5% of the requests were granted because judges believed minors, with the input of their health care provider, were mature enough to make this decision independently.
This is consistent with the LWVUS position that we protect the constitutional right of privacy of the individual to make reproductive choices.
Margaret O’Hara and Janet Craft, Reproductive Health Specialists

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TIME FOR ACTION: Coal Tar Sealants
ACTION NEEDED: 
Ask your State Senator to support SB1184, which gives municipalities and counties the authority to ban the sale and use of toxic pavement sealant products. The bill is on 2nd reading.
WHY IT MATTERS:
Coal tar and some other sealants used on paved surfaces contain high levels of toxic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
Sealants wear away over time, allowing PAH particles to contaminate our homes and our environment.
High levels of PAHs are significant threats to human health and aquatic life.
A 2016 American Medical Association policy calls for legislation to ban the use of high PAH sealants or for mandates on the use of minimal PAH products.
Safer alternatives exist that have 1000x lower levels of PAHs and are readily available.
Several local Leagues have successfully fought for local bans of these sealants. Currently, non-homerule communities lack authority to adopt such a ban. This bill would expand the authority to all Illinois municipalities and counties.

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TIME FOR ACTION: Voting in Jail & After Release
ACTION NEEDED: 
Please ask your State Senator to support SB2090, which requires county jails and prisons to ensure that pre-trial detainees can cast ballots during elections and provide citizens released from custody with voter registration applications and information about voting rights. The bill is on 3rd Reading.
WHY IT MATTERS:
There are approximately 20,000 people detained in jail pre-trial in Illinois. Those who are citizens have the right to vote in elections. However, without a formal process in place, voting in jail is nearly impossible for pre-trial detainees.
In any given year, there are approximately 30,000 people who return from prison, all of whom are citizens who are eligible to vote in Illinois upon release. Yet many of these citizens do not register to vote because they mistakenly believe that their past criminal conviction disqualifies them.

ACTION 

ACTION NEEDED: 
Please ask your State Representative to SUPPORT HB 2100, which would abolish the State Charter School Commission. This bill is on 2nd Reading in the House. Click the button below to find contact information for your State Representative to let your voice be heard today.
WHY IT MATTERS:
The State Charter School Commission was established as an appointed body with statewide chartering jurisdiction and authority. This is not supported by the League of Women Voters of Illinois position, which states:
“The authority for approving and renewing charters should reside exclusively in the local school board.”
Local school boards are responsible for protecting taxpayers’ interests. This unelected commission can override local decisions and approve charter schools that a local school board has rejected. The local school boards decisions regarding charter schools should not be subjected to reversal.

 

 

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