About - Current Issues

From time to time, the ILGP will formally take a position on a current issue, for example, by endorsing or opposing legislation or urging support for a new law.  The following are the issues on which the ILGP has taken a formal position:

WE STAND IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE STANDING ROCK SIOUX: STOP THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE!

2016-09-08: Read the entire statement here.


THE INDEPENDENT MAP AMENDMENT

2015-05-17: The ILGP Coordinating Committee endorsed the Independent Map Amendment to the Illinois Constitution.  This amendment would create an independent commission to draw the maps for electoral districts in Illinois.  The petitions are circulating now.  This is an example of direct democracy--if enough registered Illinois voters sign the petition, the amendment will be adopted; that's right, neither the governor nor the legislature need be involved.  Please support this petitioning effort.  For more information on the amendment and how to help, visit mapamendment.org/ and lwvil.org/redistricting.html.


THE LaSALLE STREET TAX

2015-04-18: ILGP Members at the ILGP Membership Meeting in Urbana voted to endorse the Campaign to Enact a LaSalle Street Tax.
   LaSalle Street Tax to Meet Human Needs--FAQ (pdf)
   Make Speculators Pay Their Fair Share of Taxes (pdf flyer)
   Resolution on Speculation Sales Tax--Annotated (pdf)


CLEAN ENERGY/JOBS

2015-04-19:  The ILGP Coordinating Committee endorsed the Clean Energy/Jobs bill (SB1485/HB2607)

GMO LABELING

2015-04-19: The ILGP Coordinating Committee endorsed the bill requiring GMO labeling (SB 734)


LEGALIZE MARIJUANA FOR ADULTS

2015-04-19: The ILGP Coordinating Committee endorsed the bill to legalize marijuana by adults (SB753)

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  • commented 2016-09-07 13:53:37 -0500
    The Independent Map Amendment will create a system where the voters choose their representatives instead of the representatives choosing their voters.
    By adopting the Independent Map Amendment, the redistricting process in Illinois will:
    Produce Illinois House and Senate districts drawn without regard to incumbency or partisanship;
    Attract more candidates for the General Assembly and more competition for legislative seats, resulting in more choices for voters;
    Protect the voting rights of racial and ethnic minorities and prohibit drawing maps that dilute or diminish the ability of racial or language minority communities to elect the candidates of their choice;
    Respect communities with shared interests and avoid breaking through political and geographic boundaries; and
    Allow the public to view and participate in redistricting. Illinoisans deserve legislative elections where issues are debated, candidates listen to their constituents and voters have choices.
    #independentmap #currentissues https://viagranatural.info #illinois #greenparty
  • commented 2016-08-08 19:21:58 -0500
    Redistricting reform is clearly a topic that can be addressed by a citizen initiated amendment, and the Independent Map Amendment is exactly what the men and women who wrote the constitution had in mind when they granted Illinoisans this power.
    #independentmapamendment (http://natureto.eco.br)