Advocacy Tools

Tips and Tools on how to best advocate for the legislation you care about.  These tools are not all maintained by ILWMSpringfield, we are simply pointing you to tools we have identified as useful.  If you have tips or tools to share please post them to our Facebook Page and we will add them here.

Know who represents you:

Identify your elected officials here

Which legislation do you care about?

BILLS QUICK REFERENCE
Print this doc and bring it with you to Springfield!  Use it to identify which bills to include on  your Pink Action Postcards.  Read the full list of bills and their descriptions here:  Full list of Bills for ILWMSpringfield.

PINK ACTION POSTCARDS
Print and fill out Pink Action Cards for the bills you are advocating for or against.  Have your cards ready to deliver to your legislators.  If you can’t be in Springfield, please mail the cards.

Illinois General Assembly Dashboard:  take a look at what is happening in the Illinois House and Senate TODAY.

Witness Slips: The Illinois General Assembly has a venue for citizens to participate in the legislative process by filing witness slips online.  During committee hearings is the only time public opinion is openly incorporated into the Illinois House’s decision-making. At that time, public testimony on a particular piece of legislation is allowed.  During the hearing on legislation, the committee chairman commonly reads the list of witnesses that have filed slips for or against the proposal.

Public interaction via the internet allows citizens over age 13 to file witness slips online and provides a way for virtual participation in the House proceedings.  The forms are considered official state documentation and information included should be verifiable.

The Illinois online witness slip entree is via the Illinois General Assembly Dashboard (my.ilga.gov). Select the committee where a particular bill is assigned, and find the bill on the committee’s schedule. Fill out and then submit the form provided for the particular bill online.

IL General Assembly Witness Slip Guide

Register to Create Witness Slips for the IL General Assembly

Follow your state government, with links to key resources here:

Governor Illinois

Illinois House of Representatives

Illinois Senate 

Election resources:

Illinois State Board of Elections

Federal Government:

GovTrack: GovTrack is here to help you track legislation being debated in the United States Congress.  It allows an individual to track bills, public officials and votes; set alerts, follow blog, obtain legislative histories and follow issues.

Take Action Resources:

Make an appointment with your legislators for April 25.  Request an appointment by calling their Springfield office.  Before and after the 12noon rally and the closing rally at 2:30pm there is lots of time to meet with your reps.  .  Meet individually or in small groups and tell them what is important to you when you deliver your PINK ACTION CARDS.

BILLS QUICK REFERENCE
Print this doc and bring it with you to Springfield!  Use it to identify which bills to include on  your Pink Action Postcards.  Read the full list of bills and their descriptions here:  Full list of Bills for ILWMSpringfield.

PINK ACTION CARDS: Use the Pink Action Cards created by ILWMSpringfield  Print them at home.  Highlight the bill numbers you are advocating for.  Deliver them to your elected officials in person on April 25 in Springfield, or to your elected officials regional offices any time,  or mail them to your elected officials.

How to make those calls to your reps: Get on the phone about issues that concern you and those you support!

How to write letters to the Editor: letters have impact and influence people’s thinking.  Any and all publications are fair game.

Indivisible Guide:  A practical guide for resisting the Trump Agenda, Indivisible has become a powerful grass roots movement