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Illinois Senate Bet on Gambling to Solve Bottomless Pit Debt Crisis

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“Gambling is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.” – George Washington

 Unable to pass a state budget or solve the state pension debacle, Illinois senators are placing their bets on SB7, a massive gambling bill that will expand casinos and video gambling.

Bad news: In their eagerness to put gambling profits into state coffers, the Illinois Senate ignored protocol and called several bill amendments for a vote on February 28 without a committee hearing.  Amendments 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 passed with 31 Yes votes and 26 No votes.

Potential good news: There are seven remaining amendments to this bill to be voted on.  The way they set it up is that SB7 cannot take effect UNLESS all 12 amendments pass.  Therefore amendments 1, 4, 9, 10, 12, 13, and 16 remain.

Pray that:

  • The 100th General Assembly and Gov.  Bruce Rauner would exercise discipline and self-control in cutting wasteful spending and reigning in Illinois’ out of control pension problem.
  • Pastors and Christians would become actively involved in public policy.
  • The Lord would convict the legislators of past wrong doings concerning over spending and find honorable ways to fix it.
  • That SB 7 would not pass.

 Take action:

  1. Contact your state senator as soon as possible! Emphatically tell them to STOP exploiting the citizens of Illinois through gambling expansion by opposing the passage of any amendments to SB7 as well as SB7 itself.  Too many lives have been destroyed! Be sure to tell them that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.

If you know who he/she is, then click here  to find their contact information. If you don’t know who your senator is, then click here to find out their name and contact information based on your address.

Clearly thank or express your displeasure accordingly.  Click here to see how your state senator voted.  The sponsors of this legislation include: State Senators Terry Link (D-Gurnee), Dave Syverson (R-Rockford), Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) and Donne Trotter (D-Chicago).

  1. Forward this alert to everyone you know – especially your pastor and members of your congregation.

 So, what was in the February 8 amendments?

  • CASINOS in Chicago, Rockford, Danville, Lake County, south suburbs of Chicago, Williamson County, and 4 casinos at racetracks.
  • CITY OWNED CASINO for Chicago that cannot be revoked or suspended!
  • SLOTS and VIDEO GAMBLING at Chicago Airports
  • REDUCING live horse racing
  • PROGRESSIVE SLOT MACHINE JACKPOTS with NO CAP for casinos and video gambling
  • GAMING POSITION increase from 1,200 to 2,000 at casinos (5-year tax break for current casino construction)
  • VIDEO GAMBLING expansion by doubling amount per bet, increases jackpots from $500 to $1,199 with no limit on cash award for progressive jackpots.

 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:9-10)

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
[email protected]
815-297-2918

Get involved with CWA of Illinois.

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GOOD NEWS Concerning The Illinois Youth Mental Health Protection Act!

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The following is GOOD NEWS for pastors counseling adolescents with same-sex attraction.

CWA of Illinois joins Concerned Christian Americans in commending Mauck and Baker for a job well done!

“We are grateful for the faithful service of Christian attorneys who skillfully work to protect our religious freedoms. Mauck and Baker are some of the most noted attorneys in Illinois who fight to protect our churches, our religious liberties, and our personal liberties. We thank them for their faithful service, and thank God that our prayers have been answered in this particular piece of legislation!” – Dr. Robert Vanden Bosch, Illinois lobbyist, Concerned Christian Americans

Here is an excellent press release from the law firm that defended the pastors involved, Federal Judge Declares Pastors Free to Counsel Concerning Same-Sex Attraction.

Prayer:  Thank the Lord for this victory for pastors.

Take Action:  Be sure to forward this e-alert to all the Illinois pastors you know.  They need to be aware of their rights.

Debbie Leininger

State Director
CWA of Illinois
[email protected]
815-297-2918
il.cwfa.org

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    Donate to CWA of Illinois. Our state is run exclusively through donations.

Proposed Illinois Law Declaring a Man a Woman and a Woman a Man Needs To Be Stopped!

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Four Illinois House Members, Kelly Cassidy (D-District 14), Robyn Gabel (D-District 18), Greg Harris (D-District 13), and Sarah Feigenholtz (D-District 12), have re-introduced HB 1785, the Birth Certificate Designation Act.  This bill closely resembles last year’s House Bill 6073, which was approved in committee, but not voted upon by the full House before the end of the legislative session.

HB 1785 is currently in the House Rules Committee.  Each committee member needs to hear from you as well as your representative!  If it passes the committee as it did last year, it will go right to the House floor for a vote.  Click here if you would like to read HB 1785 and track its status.

Proponents of HB 1785 want to “update and modernize” a more than 500-year-old law to allow people to change the “gender marker” on their Illinois birth certificate. Under the current Illinois law, a person must provide documentation that he/she has undergone gender reassignment surgery.

HB 1785 would:

  • Allow those who currently disagree with the reality of their gender to make a sex change designation.
  • Change the wording “sex change” in the existing law to “change of sex designation,” to alter the meaning of sex (it has been biologically proven that no person’s sex genetically can be changed, even with gender reassignment surgery).
  • Render the individual’s original birth certificate as a false document. In a sense, it allows individuals who wish they were the opposite sex to falsify their birth certificates. Just because you want an apple to be an orange doesn’t make it so.

Recently, transgender proponents have coined the gender-identity words “transgender,” “transman,” “transwoman,” “cisgender,” “cisman,” and “cisgender” in their attempt to give credence to their pseudo-science.   The term “gender marker” is made up terminology that allows a doctor to now “assign” a baby’s sex at birth rather than” identify” a baby’s sex at birth.

What if a biological male changes their “sex designation” to female and after two years wants to change it back again and so on, all based on how he feels at the time?  How long will legislators pander to pseudo-science babble?

ACTION: 

  1. Contact each member of the House Rules Committee. Urge them to vote “NO” on HB 1785. Click here for their names and contact information. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.
  2. Contact your state representative and ask him/her to uphold birth certificates as legal documents and vote “NO” on HB 1785 if it comes to the full House for a vote. If you know who he/she is, then click here  to find their contact information. If you don’t know who your representative is, then click here to find out their name and contact information. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.
  3. Forward this e-alert to your family, friends, pastors, and congregation members.

PRAY:

  • That the 100th General Assembly be convicted of the reality that a person is biologically a male or female and that God made it so; that they will stick to the realm of reality of just because one desires to be a member of the opposite does not make a one a member of the opposite sex.
  • For your representative by name as you contact him/her.
  • That pastors and Christians would defend the Biblical definition of male and female.
  • That HB 1785 will not make it to the full House for a vote.

Great CWA brochure on this topic: Since When are Feelings > Fact?

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
[email protected]
815-297-2918
http://il.cwfa.org

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Hearings Set for Multiple Pro-Life and One Abortion Bill in the Illinois House on February 8, 2017

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Four pro-life and one abortion bill being considered in the Illinois House have been lumped together in one hearing on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

Make Your Voice Heard!  Babies Lives Depend on You!

Your State Representative needs to know your position on all five bills.

Rep. Barbara Wheeler (R-District 64), sponsor of two of the bills, stated on the day of the annual March for Life: “If Illinois can’t provide basic protections for women and those who can’t speak for themselves, then we have much bigger problems than our finances.”

OPPOSITION: HB 40 – reinstates taxpayer-funded abortions for Medicaid recipients and adds abortion coverage in state employees’ insurance plans.  Bill sponsor:  Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-District 12)

PROPONENT: HB 282 – prohibits abortions based solely on race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or diagnosis of Down syndrome or other disability.  Bill sponsor:  Barbara Wheeler (R-District 64)

PROPONENT: HB 283 – Creates the Ultrasound Opportunity Act by requiring an ultrasound be offered to anyone considering an abortion. Bill Sponsor:  Rep. Barbara Wheeler

PROPONENT: HB 467 – Provides for the licensure of facilities that commit 50 or more abortions a year; requires certain standards; requires the Department of Public Health to annually conduct at least one unannounced inspection per year; provides patients be notified if a violation could threaten a patients’ health. Bill sponsor:  Sheri Jesiel (R-District 61)

PROPONENT: HB 532 – Amends the Illinois Anatomical Gift Act by banning the sale of fetal tissue from abortions.  Bill sponsor:  Rep. Peter Breen (R-District 48)

Make your voice heard on these bills.  If we don’t protect the unborn, who will?  Clearly urge your state representative to vote “Yes” on HB 282, HB 283, HB 467, and HB 532.  Ask him/her to vote “No” on HB 40.

 Take Action!

  1. Fill out a witness slip for each bill. When filling out the Witness Slip, under “Firm, Business, Voter” write VOTER.  Under “Title” write CITIZEN. Witness slips send a message that voters are aware of the bill and want their voice to be heard either as a Proponent or Opponent. Once you have filled out the first Witness Slip, you may file as many as you wish.
  1. Contact your state representative today! If you know who he/she is then click here to find their contact information. If you don’t know who your representative is then click hereto find out their name and contact information. Insist that he/she oppose the use of tax dollars to kill pre-born babies and Vote “NO” on HB 40.
  2. If available, attend and pray at the hearing scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. in Room 188 at the Capitol Building, Springfield.
  3. Forward this alert to everyone you know – especially your pastor and members of your congregation.

 Pray that:

  • The 100th General Assembly be convicted of the reality that abortion is murder, and that they will be held accountable for their votes.
  • Pray for your representative by name as you contact him/her.
  • Pastors and Christians would rally for the life of the unborn.
  • HB40 would be defeated.

LORD, rescue the unborn from abortion. Forgive us for our complacency.  We say, “We knew nothing about this,” but He who weighs the heart knows everything (adapted from Proverbs 24:11-12).

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
[email protected]
815-297-2918
Get involved with CWA of Illinois.

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  • Donate to CWA of Illinois. Our state is run exclusively through donations.

 

Illinois Taxpayer Funded Abortion Bill is Back

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Dear Friend,

Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-District 12) wasted no time in re-introducing what was HB 4013 and, with very few changes, is now HR-40.  The “new” bill still calls for taxpayer funding of Medicaid and state employees’ abortions.
We expect HR-40 to be voted out of the Human Services Committee any time.  We need as many people as possible calling their representative now to ask them to oppose HR-40.

Key provisions of HR-40:

  • Provides free Medicaid abortions with no restrictions.  Abortions would be covered for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy, even if an unborn baby feels pain and can survive outside the womb.
  • Removes the ban on state employees’ insurance policies paying for abortions.
  • Provides no monetary cap to the number of abortions that could be covered by Medicaid.
  • Removes language concerning the General Assembly’s declaration that the unborn child is a human being from the time of conception and is, therefore, a legal person for purposes of the unborn child’s right to life.

Not only does this force Illinois citizens to pay for the killing of the unborn, but it increases the number of those being killed. Per projections by Illinois Right to Life, “HR-40 could increase Illinois abortions as many as 12,000 more per year, based on data the last time that Medicaid funded abortions. That’s on top of the already 39,856 abortions per year.  The ACLU admitted that 18-35% of those on Medicaid state they will not have an abortion unless it is free.”

Make your voice heard now against this legislation to protect the lives of the unborn Urge your state representative to vote “No” on HB-40!

Pray that:

  • The 100th Illinois General Assembly will be convicted of the reality that abortion is murder, and that they will be held accountable for their votes if they do not have the courage to do what is right.
  • Pastors and Christians would rally for the lives of the unborn.
  • HB-40 would be defeated.

Action:

  • Contact your state representative today! If you know who he/she is then click here to find their contact information. If you don’t know who your representative is then click here to find out their name and contact information. Respectfully, yet strongly, encourage him/her to oppose the use of tax dollars going to murder pre-born babies by voting “NO” on HB-40.  Be sure to let them know that you are associated with Concerned Women for America of Illinois.
  • Forward this alert to everyone you know – especially your pastor and members of your congregation.

LORD, rescue the unborn from abortion. Forgive us for our complacency.  We say, “We knew nothing about this,” but You, Who weighs the heart, know everything. (Proverbs 24:11-12)

Debbie Leininger
CWA of Illinois
[email protected]
815-297-2918
http://il.cwfa.org

Get involved with CWA of Illinois.

  • Join a local Prayer/Action chapter.
  • Donate to CWA of Illinois.  Our state is run exclusively through donations.

 

 

 

Illinois Legislators Need Our Prayers!

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Be Part of the CWA of Illinois Encourage-A-Legislator Project

Only prayer and action will turn the hearts of our legislators and Illinoisans in 2017!  Here’s how you can help!

We are seeking intercessors for the CWA of Illinois Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Project.

EAL is a project of encouragement and prayer for our Illinois legislators not an expression of political or public policy views.  It involves 3 easy steps:

  1. CWA provides 12 pre-addressed postcards that contain a Scripture, Founding Father quote, and prayer.
  2. Participants sign, stamp and send a postcard once a month and pray earnestly for their assigned legislator.
  3. Participants are welcome to pray for and encourage more than one legislator.

A special thanks to all those who participated in the 2016 EAL project during the 2016 legislative session.  EAL intercessors sent monthly postcards to Illinois elected officials, members of the Illinois General Assembly, as well as all Illinois County Board and Commission Chairpersons.  We received several messages from legislators expressing gratitude for the encouragement and prayers.

Prayer moves the Hand of God in the affairs of this nation. In fact, we are commanded to pray for those in authority.

“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior…” (1 Timothy 2:1)

The Illinois Encourage-a-Legislator project cannot exist without funding.  If you feel led, please donate to CWA of Illinois.  All donations given to CWA of Illinois funds the state’s projects and initiatives.  CWA of Illinois is volunteer-directed.  Click here to donate today! Or, feel free to send a check to the address below.

 If you would like to participate in the CWA of Illinois Encourage-a-Legislator Project, please call 815-297-2918 or e-mail me at [email protected].  Be sure to let us know how many you would like to pray for and encourage.

 

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
1255 W. Empire Street
Freeport, IL 61032
[email protected]
il.cwfa.org

STOP TAXPAYER FUNDED ABORTIONS IN ILLINOIS

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HB 4013 can be called for a vote anytime during LAME DUCK VETO SESSION.

CALL YOUR LEGISLATOR TODAY!  BABIES’ LIVES DEPEND ON YOU!

The battle for the sanctity of human life and family is raging.  Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) has called for a third reading of HB 4013 making it probable that the bill will be voted upon at any time during the Lame Duck Veto Session. (Nov. 15, 16, 17, 29, 30 and Dec. 1)

According to estimates by the Illinois Family Institute, HB 4013 would have the potential to increase abortions in Illinois by at least 37 percent based on the number of Medicaid recipientsIn real numbers, that would be about 15,000 more babies slaughtered with our tax dollars each year! 

Surveys have revealed most Illinoisans, even those who are pro-choice, do not want their tax dollars paying for abortions.

Make your voice heard now against this legislation to protect the rights of the unborn!

Urge your state representative to vote “No” on HB 4013!

HB 4013 would:

  • Remove all bans on using taxpayer funding for abortion for basically any reason throughout all nine months of pregnancy under Medicaid.
  • Remove the ban on state employees’ insurance policies paying for abortions.

Pray that:

  • Pastors and congregations will urge their state representatives to oppose HB 4013.
  • The fear of the Lord will fall upon retiring or defeated lawmakers who are returning to address unfinished business and are no longer accountable to the voters.
  • Legislators will be freed from demonic powers and principalities that cause them to vote for abominable legislation.

 Action:

  • Contact your state representative today! Click here to find their name and contact information. Insist that he/she oppose the use of tax dollars going to kill pre-born babies and Vote “NO” on HB 4013.
  • Forward this alert to everyone you know – especially your pastor and members of your congregation.

LORD, rescue the unborn from abortion. Forgive us for our complacency.  We say, “We knew nothing about this,” but You who weighs the heart knows everything. (Proverbs 24:11-12)

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
[email protected]
il.cwfa.org
815-297-2918
Get involved in CWA of Illinois.  Contact me today!

 

Illinois Judge Recommends Full Access for Transgender Girl in Federal Court Ruling

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Judge Justifies His Ruling by “Legitimating” a Non-Word

Do you recall the transgender bathroom case last year in Palatine, Illinois?  There were 51 families battling to protect the privacy of students in bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers according to their biological gender.  The families had sought a preliminary injunction that would require a biological teenage boy who perceived himself as a transgender girl to use the boys’ locker room or a private bathroom while the court moved forward with the case.

On Monday, Magistrate Judge Jeffrey T. Gilbert, in an 82-page report, sided against the 51 families’ request for the preliminary injunction.

Judge Gilbert ruled that

  • High school students do not have a constitutional right not to share restrooms or locker rooms with transgender students whose sex assigned at birth is different than theirs.
  • A transgender person’s gender identity is an important factor to be considered in determining whether his or her needs, as well as those of cisgender people, can be accommodated in the course of allocating or regulating the use of restrooms and locker rooms. So, to frame the constitutional question in the sense of sex assigned at birth while ignoring gender identity frames it too narrowly.
  • A preliminary injunction was an “extraordinary remedy”.

The LGBTQ community has resorted to fabricating terminology to legitimize pseudoscience.  Exactly what is a “CISGENDER PERSON”?  Could an appeal be made on the basis of fabricating a gender name?

 Until parents, the church community and honesty within the psychiatric society push back this gender idiocy, America will continue its downward slope into the abyss.

U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso, will have the final say over whether to reject or grant the plaintiffs’ request to bar the student from the girls’ locker room while the case proceeds.

The Palatine, Illinois, case is one of many that are challenging the Obama Administration’s efforts to expand bathroom access for transgender students based on their gender identity rather than their birth certificates.

Please PRAY that:

  • Churches will take a public stand on the homosexual agenda and have the strength to stand for righteousness.
  • Parents will fight to protect the privacy of students in bathrooms, locker rooms and showers according to their biological gender.

 Please TAKE ACTION:

  1. Educate yourself on this issue.  Read the CWA brochure Feelings vs. Fact: The Gender Identity Issue. Feel free to print and distribute liberally.
  2. Write a letter to the editor of your local paper about this case/issue.
  3. Pass this alert on to friends and family. Much help is needed to stop the LGBTQ agenda to abolish the Biblical and biological definition of gender.

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
[email protected]
il.cwfa.org
(815) 297-1918

Contact me any time to find out how you can get more involved in defending family values in your community, our great state and America.

CWA of Illinois says, “Get Out the Vote!”

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Dear Friend,

It is election season, and Concerned Women for America of Illinois says, “GET OUT THE VOTE! We’re in a battle for the soul of America, and this election will determine the direction America will go.” It is important to get conservative women and men registered to vote and to the polls this election cycle! I hope you exercise your right as an American by voting in the General Election on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. This is a courtesy reminder that you must be registered to vote by November 8, 2016, in order to vote in the General Election.

Get Involved in Illinois!

To vote in Illinois …
• You must be a United States Citizen.
• You must be 17 years old on or before the date of the Primary Election and turn 18 on or before the date of the General Election.
• You must live in your election precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day.
• Not be convicted and in jail.
• Not claim the right to vote anywhere else.

Step #1 – Ensure YOU are registered to vote. (You can register to vote online.)

Go to the Illinois Voter Registration Page at https://ova.elections.il.gov/RegistrationLookup.aspx to check the following:
• Voter registration status
• Poll location

Step #3 – Ensure your family and friends are registered to vote. (Forward this e-alert to them.)

For additional information concerning the election, contact the election authorities in your jurisdiction: http://www.elections.il.gov/ElectionAuthorities/ElecAuthorityList.aspx?Selected=zSbfcjpmCowoELOTKz8rRWhNLoEm7yvA. There you will find:

• Early voting locations
• Elected Officials
• Registration information on file with the county office
• Sample ballot for the upcoming election
• Provisional Ballot Status
(Let the County Clerk know if the voter registration link is not active in your county.)

Step #2- Hold a registration event at your church

We would LOVE to hear back from you if you plan to hold a registration drive! Do not hesitate to contact CWA of Illinois by phone (815-297-2918) or e-mail ([email protected]) if you have any questions about holding a voter registration drive.

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION DEADLINE DATES FOR ILLINOIS
• Vote by mail ballot requests deadlines: BY MAIL through Thursday November 3, 2016; IN PERSON through Monday November 7, 2016.
• Early voting by mail or in person: September 29 – October 11, 2016
• Grace Period voting: October 12 – November 8, 2016
• General Election: November 8, 2016

SEE WHICH PARTY LINES UP WITH YOUR VALUES …

Step #3- Review the Party Platform Comparison document.

We have included for you a comparison of the party platforms. Click here to view the 2016 Party Platform Comparison. You can review the Republican platform outlined in red and the Democratic platform outlined in blue. We want to urge you to take the time to look these over and pass them out to your neighbors, friends, church leaders, and anyone in your sphere of influence who could benefit from knowing the truth.

Thank you for your action!

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
[email protected]
il.cwfa.org