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Your Voice is Needed: Illinois Poised to Offer Inclusive Pre- K-12 Comprehensive Sex Education

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The two mandated sex-education bills below have been introduced into the Illinois House and Senate.  The so-called “grade-appropriate” instruction will expose adolescents and young teens to terminology and practices of the LGBTQ lifestyle. They will remove outdated language and build on the current standards for health and sexual health education courses for grades 6 through 12 which includes: pregnancy and reproduction; gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation; puberty, growth, and adolescent development; anatomy and physiology; healthy relationships and friendships; healthy decision-making; and personal safety.

Click on active links to view the text of the bills being voted on this legislative session.

  1. The Healthy Youth Act (HB 5012) – proposed in the House by State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (Democrat-Dist. 14, Chicago), State Rep. Ann Williams (Democrat-Dist. 11, Chicago); Michelle Mussman (Democrat-Dist. 56, Schaumburg) and in the Senate (SB 3788)  by Sen. Celina Villanueva (Democrat-11th Dist., Summit) and Sen. Laura Fine (Democrat-9th Dist., Glenview). The Healthy Youth Act will take effect upon becoming law.
  2. The Responsible Education for Adolescent and Children’s Health (REACH) Act (SB 2762) was introduced by Ram Villivalam (Democrat-8th Dist., Chicago). The REACH will mandate all public and satellite schools to offer comprehensive and inclusive sex education for grades pre-K through 12.

“‘Comprehensive sex education’ means instruction in a comprehensive school health education approach that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions of human sexuality and is designed to motivate and assist students in maintaining and improving sexual health, preventing disease, and reducing sexual health-related risk behaviors and to enable and empower students to develop and demonstrate developmentally and culturally appropriate sexuality and sexual health-related knowledge, attitudes, skills, and practices.”

“‘Inclusive’ means a curriculum that ensures students from historically marginalized communities that include, but are not limited to, communities of color, immigrant communities, people of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions, people who are intersex, people who have disabilities, people who have experienced sexual victimization, and others whose experiences have been traditionally left out of sex education programs and policies are included in classroom materials and lessons.”

A detailed list of objectives and subject matter for the specific grade levels are available in the active link to the bill (SB 2762). One of many alarming subject matters: “Unbiased information and non-stigmatizing information about the options regarding pregnancy, including parenting, adoption, and abortion.”

If passed, this legislation would make Illinois the 30th state to mandate sex education. If passed, the REACH Act would begin no later than July 1, 2021.

Please take action:

  1. Read the bills in their entirety. This is the curriculum Illinois children Pre-K through 12 will be mandated to learn. We have a God-given responsibility to guard their hearts and minds.
  2. Contact your state representative and state senator and urge him/her to opposethe Healthy Youth and REACH Acts. Click here to find your senator and state representative’s contact information. Be sure to tell them you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.

Forward this alert to your family, friends, as well as churches in your area.

Please join me in prayer that the Church will wake up to LGBTQ indoctrination via the public education system and speak out against the Healthy Youth and REACH Acts.  Pray also for the hearts of the Illinois legislators that they will courageously vote against the bill.

Debbie Leininger
State Director

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Prayer Project Update: CWA of Illinois Committed to Praying for All Legislators

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We are pleased to announce that encouragers throughout the state of Illinois have answered the call to be a part of this year’s Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Illinois Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) program! The EAL packets have been mailed, and 285 state legislators, elected officials, and county board/commission chairs will soon be receiving monthly encouragement cards containing a Scripture, notable quote, and a prayer.

Thank you for the outpouring of support for this incredible project where we pray for and encourage our Illinois elected officials. We are also grateful for this year’s partnership with Illinois National Day of Prayer.

Prayer is important not only for the legislators for whom we pray but for our own benefit. Legislators’ decisions impact our lives and the communities in which we live.

Time to take action:
For those who are unable to participate in the EAL program, we still would love to have you join us in praying for our legislators and governor. Here are prayer points you can use:

  • Safety and Good Health
  • Family Unity
  • Wise and Godly Decisions
  • Suppression of Weariness and Pride
  • Godly Counsel and Sensitivity to God’s Leading
  • Salvation
  • Continued Strength in the Lord
“For what great nation has a god as near to them as the Lord our God is near to us whenever we call on him?” – Deuteronomy 4:7

Thank you for your willingness to pray and encourage!

Debbie Leininger
State Director

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Volunteers Needed for Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Program

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Prayer moves the hand of God in the affairs of this nation!  In fact, we are commanded to pray for those in authority. 1 Timothy 2:1 says, “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…”

And because Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Illinois believes prayer is crucial to revival and restoration of a nation, we are asking you to participate in our Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Program for the 2020 Illinois legislative session. We are so excited to see what God is going to do in the hearts and minds of our state legislators and other elected officials as we pray for them each day and encourage them through our weekly postcards.

We are also pleased to announce that Illinois National Day of Prayer (NDP) is partnering with this year’s CWA of Illinois’ EAL program. It is important to have many intercessors praying on behalf of our legislators!  Welcome aboard NDP!

Here are the details:
Volunteers will receive twelve self-addressed postcards per legislator containing a Founding Father quote, Scripture, and encouraging prayer.  Your responsibility will be to PRAY for your assigned legislator, sign the card, and mail it. The EAL program is never used to lobby and, therefore, is never confrontational. It is simply a great way to lift up those in authority and encourage them in their responsibilities.

Time to take action:

  • Prayerfully consider volunteering for this important ministry.  A grateful thank-you goes out to those who have already answered the call!
  • Email me the following information: Name, physical mailing address, e-mail address, and phone number (optional) and the number of legislators for whom you would like to pray. We will mail your EAL packet, complete with instructions, in mid to late February once the 2020 Illinois General Assembly completes their room and committee assignments. CWA of Illinois will assign your EAL legislator.
  • Recruit your friends and family to Encourage-A-Legislator.
Thank you for your willingness to prayer and encourage! I look forward to hearing from you.

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois

Update on Palatine School District Transgender Policy

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Palatine School District Votes in Favor of Unrestricted  Transgender Access in Public School Locker Rooms

 

Last month, I wrote you about a special meeting of the Palatine School District to consider opening restrooms, locker rooms, showers, etc. to those of the opposite sex.  I wanted to provide you a quick update as to the outcome of the meeting.

Approximately 500 parents and students attended the Palatine District 211 board meeting to discuss the pros and cons of the controversial policy which states:

“Students shall be treated and supported in a manner consistent with their gender identity, which shall include students having access to restrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identity.”

Though some parents called for a district-wide referendum, the board approved the policy by a vote of 5-2, with two board members dissenting. This ends a four-year battle to lift a requirement that transgender students use privacy stalls in District 211’s five high schools.

The new rule will take effect when second semester classes begin in January 2020.

Please pray for the protection of the children of the Palatine School District. Pray for their safety and for their minds and souls as they are taught the indoctrination of the LGBTQ lifestyle.

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois

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CWA of Illinois Commemorates National Day of Fasting, Repentance, and Prayer

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Before we get caught up in the upcoming season of busyness, let us cultivate a humble heart with fasting, repentance, and prayer on Thursday, November 21.

We invite you to join us in a National Day of Fasting, Repentance, and Prayer in honor of the 156th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation 97 – Appointing a Day of National Humiliation, Fasting, and Prayer. Together let us observe and reaffirm our 16th President’s heartfelt plea to the supreme authority and just governance of Almighty God.
“Now, therefore, in compliance with the request, and fully concurring in the views of the Senate, I do by this my proclamation designate and set apart Thursday, the 30th day of April 1863, as a day of national humiliation, fasting, and prayer. And I do hereby request all the people to abstain on that day from their ordinary secular pursuits, and to unite at their several places of public worship and their respective homes in keeping the day holy to the Lord and devoted to the humble discharge of the religious duties proper to that solemn occasion.”

Fasting before we feast is a reminder that God provides everything that we need. It reminds us of who we are and who God is. It also reminds us that as we hunger physically, we also hunger spiritually. And when we repent, we are promised forgiveness. Not any ordinary forgiveness, but a complete pardon from our sins and the payment they require. Now that draws us to our knees in Thanksgiving. God has fully provided for us in Christ!

This is why our hope is not in government or elected officials or even in a grateful attitude. But, instead, our hope is firmly in Christ alone.

Mark your calendar on Thursday, November 21, the week before Thanksgiving. Whether in your car, home, classroom, or office, let us repent and seek God on behalf of yourself and our nation
Click here to view the double-sided informational flyer.  Feel free to print and distribute liberally.

Blessings to you and yours during this Thanksgiving season.

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois

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Your Voice is Critical to Protect Minor Girls in Illinois!

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The Illinois General Assembly will continue their veto session on November 12,13,14, where state legislators amend pending legislation. Bills often get pushed through the Illinois General Assembly at this time. At stake in this session is the repeal of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995, which requires parental notification (not consent) for a minor seeking an abortion.  Under the Act, health care providers are required to notify an adult family member (defined as a parent, grandparent, stepparent who lives with the minor or legal guardian) 48 hours before performing an abortion for a patient who is under 18.

According to Illinois Citizens for Ethics, the Parental Notice of Abortion Act has saved thousands of lives and protected thousands of under-aged girls from abortion. The aborting of babies of minor girls in Illinois has declined 57% under this law. The threat of the repeal of this law is real and we need your help to stop the threat.

The Parental Notice Abortion – Repeal, HB2467 [and sister bill SB1594] will repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act. What does this mean?

  1. Parents will never know if their child has become pregnant and had an abortion unless their child shares the information.
  2. If the child is having multiple abortions, the parents will not know.
  3. If a child is being sexually abused by an adult, and the parents are not notified of the abortion, they cannot investigate as to who the father is and therefore cannot come to the aid of their daughter. This repeal gives a wink and nod to abusers.

Bottom line: The repeal of the Parental Notice of Abortion Act increases the number of abortions and protects child abusers.

Take Action
Contact your state representative and state senator TODAY and urge them to oppose SB1594 and HB2467, the Parental Notice of Abortion – Repeal bills. Click here to locate the names and contact information of your legislators.

Forward this alert to your family, friends, as well as, churches in your area.

Pray!
Please join me in prayer for the legislators. Pray they will choose to vote for life and not death. Pray that the citizens of Illinois will be engaged in this battle for the lives of the unborn.

Debbie Leininger
State Director

October 10 Special Meeting: Unrestricted Transgender Access

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A special meeting is set for Thursday, October 10, 2019, for the public to speak up on whether transgender students should be allowed unrestricted access to locker rooms in the District 211 high schools. District 211 is the largest high school district in Illinois with 12,000 students and five high schools.

The 6:30 p.m. closed session, followed by citizen appearances at 7:30 p.m., will be held at the G.A. McElroy Administration Center, 1750 S. Roselle Road, Palatine, Illinois 60067.  This will be the last public meeting before the school board votes on the policy change.

What’s at stake?
Under the current school district policy, transgender students being accommodated by being allowed to change in privacy stalls in the locker rooms meant for the gender for which they identify. However, the proposed policy states:

“No student shall, based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity be denied equal access to programs, activities, services, or benefits or be limited in the exercise of any right, privilege, advantage, or denied equal access to educational and extracurricular programs and activities.”

What does this proposed policy mean? If passed, transgender females (boys who believe themselves to be female) and transgender males (girls who believe themselves to be male) will be allowed to openly dress in the opposite biological sex locker rooms.

QUESTION:  What about the rights of thousands of biological females and males attending Palatine high school who may feel threatened, embarrassed, or violated with transgenders openly changing in full view in open dressing areas?

Parents and citizens living within the District 211 school district are urged to attend this Thursday’s hearing to oppose the policy. 

Prayer requests:

  • Ask forgiveness for the complacency of Illinois Christians for not standing for their faith and for electing ungodly elected officials to make policy in the public schools and state legislature.
  • Raise up an army of Christians to champion the cause of Christ.
  • Put a halt to the anti-Christ LGBTQ agenda in Illinois and America.

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois

2019 Final Wrap-Up: Spring Session of the Illinois General Assembly

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Elections Matter

The Democrats have a super majority and were able to pass some of the most harmful bills in our state’s history. The bills below passed the Illinois House and Senate and most if not all will be signed into law by Gov. J. B. Pritzker.

Legalized Recreational Marijuana
HB 1438, the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act, will go into effect on January 1, 2020, and will allow anyone 21 years or older to legally use recreational marijuana. Click here to see how your state representative voted. Click here to see how your state senator voted.

Partial-Birth Abortion
SB 25, the Reproductive Health Act (Partial-Birth Abortion bill), will do the following:

  • Repeal the Illinois abortion law of 1975, including criminal penalties on doctors who commit abortion.
  • Repeal the partial-birth abortion ban, thereby allowing babies to be killed up to the time of birth.
  • Removes any regulations on clinics that commit abortion.
  • Repeal the Parental Notification Act of 1995.
  • Allows DCFS to use public funds to pay for abortions, which would be in addition to Medicaid.

Click here to see how your state representative voted. Click here to see how your state senator voted.

LGBTQ History Mandate for K-12 Public School Children
HB246 mandates that students will learn the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in American and Illinois History. It also mandates that textbooks in the textbook block program include the roles and contributions of all people protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act and must be non-discriminatory as to any of the characteristics under the Act. 

Click here to see how your state senator voted.  Click here to see how your state representative voted.

Expansion of Gambling
SB 69, greatly expands gambling in Illinois. Gov. Pritzker had this to say about the bill, “This session we legalized sports betting and expanded gaming, leading the Midwest in a new industry and setting us up to generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for our state.”

SB 69 will allow for:

  • A casino in Chicago
  • Legalized sports betting in Illinois
  • Slot machines at both city airports
  • Smaller casinos in the south suburbs of Waukegan, Rockford, Danville, and Williamson County
  • Authorized slot machines for horse racetracks
  • Sports betting at casinos and tracks 

Click here to see how your state senator voted.  Click here to see how your state representative voted.

While it was a discouraging end to the 2019 Illinois spring session, I take heart in CWA’s Founder and Chairman of the Board, Beverly LaHaye’s, words to the grassroots, “God didn’t call me to win, He called me to fight. And I have to be faithful to what I am called to do.”  So, I want to thank each one of you who faithfully prayed and took action when asked.

We stand on God’s mighty promises of hope, and we can strengthen ourselves in the Lord through the examples of mighty men of old who came before us:

In you our ancestors put their trust;
they trusted, and you delivered them.
To you they cried out and were saved;
in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
Psalm 22:4-5

 Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33).

The only hope for America is Jesus.  For America to reverse course, we as a nation must acknowledge Him as sovereign Lord of our nations. There is much work to do to instill Biblical values in an increasingly secular state and nation.  We must continue to do our part as Concerned Women for America of Illinois through prayer, education, and action! 

Please pray that:

  • Christians will become active in public discourse and the political process.
  • Children’s minds will be protected from the LGBTQ agenda.
  • Young adults will not fall prey to marijuana, hard drugs, and the lure of riches via gambling.
  • Pastors and believers will actively fight for the welfare of our youth.

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois

Abortion Bills are Poised for a Comeback!

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The Parental Notice of Abortion Repeal and the Late-Term Abortion No Restricts bills that CWA of Illinois has actively opposed have been sequestered in an Executive sub-committee since the massive April 20 pro-life rally and lobby day.  And now with the passage of pro-life bills in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, and Missouri, as well as the influx of conservative judges to the bench, Planned Parenthood, pro-abortion legislators and proponents are working overtime to see that extreme abortion laws are fully established in Illinois and other states equally vulnerable.

It appears the Democrat supermajority is planning to amend the stalled bills and move them to a new shell bill named the Reproductive Health Act.  If passed, the Reproductive Health Care Act , proposed in the House by Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago), and in the Senate by Sen. Melinda Bush, (D-Grayslake), would repeal Illinois’ abortion law and replace it with what proponents and detractors agree would be the most liberal reproductive health care legislation in the country.

Highpoints of the bill, as cited in the ACLU Illinois account of the February 12, 2019, Planned Parenthood press conference, include:

  • Repeal Illinois Abortion Law of 1975 including criminal penalties on doctors who commit abortion
  • Repeal the Partial Birth Abortion ban, thereby allowing babies to be killed up to the time of birth
  • Remove any and all regulations on clinics that commit abortion
  • Repeal the Parental Notification Act of 1995
  • Allow DCFS to use public funds to pay for abortions–which would be in addition to Medicaid

Please take action:

  1. Contact your state representative and state senator and urge him/her to oppose the Reproductive Health Care Act. Click here to find your senator and state representative’s contact information. Be sure to tell them you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.
  2. Forward this alert to your family, friends, as well as churches in your area.

Please join me in prayer that the Church will wake up to the assault on the lifeof the unborn in Illinois and speak out against the Reproductive Health Act. Pray also for the hearts of the Illinois legislators that they will courageously vote against the bill.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”- Edmund Burke

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois

CWA of Illinois Supports the National Day of Prayer – Thursday, May 2, 2019

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The 68th annual National Day of Prayer (NDP) is Thursday, May 2, 2019 – a day set aside by Congress in 1988 for citizens to take time out from their daily schedules to pray for their communities, their nation, and their leaders. This year’s National Day of Prayer theme is “Love One Another” and is taken from John 13:34. “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.”

Dr. Ronnie Floyd, NDP Task Force President and Senior Pastor of Cross Church,wrote a special prayer for the nation.  Why not join with millions across America to pray this prayer on May 2? By His grace, God will answer when we call. (Daniel 9:19)

“ALMIGHTY GOD, our Heavenly Father, we look to You alone for the future of America. By Your providence, You have placed each of us here at this time in history to be in this nation. Thank You for this blessing. Thank You for America. But above all, we thank You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God. It is in His name, we come to You as we intercede in prayer for America.

FORGIVE US, OH LORD, for the sins we have committed against You in America. We are failing You by dishonoring one another through our harsh and bitter words about each other. We are failing You through broken relationships. We are failing You by devaluing human life from conception until death. We are failing You with the division in our nation.

LORD, WE TURN FROM these sinful actions and refuse to live this way. Please forgive us now and help us to choose love over hate, unity over division, and life over death. We choose to live by Jesus’ words: Love One Another. Therefore, upon the authority of Your Word in John 13:34, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you,” we pray for a future America that will choose to love willfully, sacrificially, and unconditionally just like Jesus loves us.

WE PRAY FOR THE CHURCH in America to love one another. Empower each church to be full of love for one another. Ignite a revival of love for one another. Since we are to be known by our love, help us to love one another.

WE PRAY FOR EVERY FAMILY, EVERY WORKPLACE, EVERY COMMUNITY, AND EVERY CITY IN AMERICA to choose love. We believe there is power in love. We believe love is the better way. We believe love is God’s Way. Oh Lord, change families, workplaces, communities, and cities through the power of love. Raise up a Love One Another movement across America.

WE PRAY FOR ALL ETHNICITIES AND PEOPLE IN AMERICA to love one another. Lord, tear down every wall of division and change any attitude that divides us today. Bind up our nation’s wounds and may the transforming love of God lead us to the day when justice will roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.

WE PRAY FOR YOUR LOVE to surround America. We pray for Your love to surround and protect us in every public setting and private place. Protect us from harm.

WE BELIEVE ALL OF THESE THINGS, OH LORD, represent our deep need for the next great move of God across America. We ask You alone for the next Great Spiritual Awakening in America. Please wake up Your church and revive Your people today. We ask You to begin a mighty spiritual awakening in every town, every city, and every county in America.

WE NEED AND DESIRE THIS SO MUCH, THAT BEGINNING RIGHT NOW, we are choosing love and forgiveness, love and restitution, love and healing, love and unity, and a future that will be transformed by the power of unconditional love. When we belong to You, we belong to love. We choose to Love One Another!

In JESUS’ Name, the only Savior and Hope in this world, we pray. Amen.”

National Day of Prayer events have been slated throughout the nation.  Check with your church, local media, or log onto nationaldayofprayer.com to find a NDP service near you.

 

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

Illinois Pro-Family Group Under Attack by Radical Left

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Radical Left Lawmakers Draft Bill Condemning Pro-Life, Pro-Family Organization

Radical left lawmakers set their sights on the Illinois Family Institute/Illinois Family Action via an “official resolution” House Joint Resolution 55 that accuses the traditional family values organization of hate speech and other “bigoted” and hateful” stands. CWA of Illinois Stands with Illinois Family Institute/Illinois Family Action against this big government attempt to target political enemies.

HJR 55:

  • Condemns the extreme rhetoric of Illinois Family Action.
  • Calls for a formal investigation into the group’s hate speech and threats.
  • Asks that the Secretary of State’s office suspend the lobbying credentials of any individual working on behalf of Illinois Family Action or its parent organization, the Illinois Family Institute, until an investigation is complete.
  • Calls for a review of security procedures in the Capitol Complex, including, but not limited to, the Secretary of State and the Illinois State Police.

HJR 55 appears to be a malicious abuse of government power in retaliation against the Illinois Family Institute for the unprecedented attendance of over 4,500 pro-life individuals who peacefully lobbied last month during Illinois Family Institute’s Pro-life Rally/Lobby Day to defeat HB 2495, the Reproductive Health Act, and HB 2467, the Parental Notice Abortion Repeal bill. The radical left is weaponizing legislation to silence a growing opposition to abortion by “legally” denying their First Amendment rights to assemble and petition our government in the name of tolerance, diversity, and love. Every American, regardless of political persuasion should stand squarely against such an unconstitutional abuse of power.

Take Action: Contact your state senator and state representative. Ask them to vote down HJR 55. Click here to find out who your legislators are and how to contact them.

Please pray with me, Father God, we stand in agreement with Your mighty promise in Isaiah 54:17 on behalf of the Illinois Family Institute/Illinois Family Action that “No weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!” In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”- Edmund Burke

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

Take the next step!

  • Consider donating to CWA of Illinois online or write a check out to “Concerned Women for America,” put “CWA of IL” on the memo line, and then send it to CWA of Illinois at 1255 W. Empire Street, Freeport, IL 61032. Our state is run exclusively through donations. Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity.
  • Visit the CWA of Illinois webpage to see how you can become involved in our organization.
  • If someone forwarded this e-alert to you, and you would like to be on our e-alert list, email me, and I will be happy to add you.  You will receive legislative, project and event notices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

UPDATE: Illinois Senate Committee Moves to Repeal Illinois Parental Notification Law

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As thousands of pro-life proponents lobbied in opposition to HB 2495, the Partial Birth Abortion Repeal bill and HB 2467, the No Parental Notice of Abortion bill, SB1594, sister-bill to HB 2495, passed out of committee. SB1594 is now in the Illinois Senate for a full vote at any time!

We have written about these two bills here.

We cannot allow the Illinois legislature to pass bills that destroy life in the womb and take away the God-given right of parents to protect their children. That’s why we need your voice today to help stop these bills.

Take Action!
Two phone calls are needed today:

  1. Contact your state representative and urge him/her to vote NO on HB2495.
  2. Contact your state senator and urge him/her to vote NO on SB1594.

Click here to find your legislators and how to contact them. Be sure to let them know you are with Concerned Women for America of Illinois.

Please pass this alert on to family and friends.

Please join me in prayer that Christians speak up for the life of the unborn and that legislators will vote only for legislation that protects life.

STAND!
“Put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:13.

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

Take the next step!

Consider donating to CWA of Illinois online or write a check out to “Concerned Women for America,” put “CWA of IL” on the memo line, and then send it to CWA of Illinois at 1255 W. Empire Street, Freeport, IL 61032. Our state is run exclusively through donations. Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity.

Visit the CWA of Illinois webpage to see how you can become involved in our organization.

If someone forwarded this e-alert to you, and you would like to be on our e-alert list, email me, and I will be happy to add you.  You will receive legislative, project and event notices.

Join CWA of Illinois at the March 20 Pro-Life Rally & Lobby Day

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Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Illinois will be joining pro-life organizations, churches, and supporters for Illinois Family Institute’s Pro-Life Rally & Lobby Day at the Illinois State Capitol on March 20. We hope you will attend to lobby your legislators to OPPOSE two horrific abortion bills: Reproductive Health Act, HB 2495, and Parental Notice Abortion, HB 2467. Read our alert on the two bills here. 

Pro-Life Rally & Lobby Day Schedule

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lobby
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Rally in Rotunda
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Lobby 

Take Action!

  1. Take a stand for life by participating in the rally and lobby day. Here are a few details:
  • State Capitol address: 401 S 2nd St, Springfield, IL 62701.
  • Parking is available south and west of the capitol. There is additional parking on west side streets. (Bring quarters to feed the street parking meters.) Parking places fill up quickly, so plan to arrive early to be near the capitol.
  • Write down the names of your state senator and state representative before coming to the rally. Click hereto find out who they are.
  • Wear buttons and pro-life clothing.

 Be sure to stop by the CWA of Illinois booth in the capitol lobby! 

  1. If you cannot attend the event, please call your senator and representative to voice your opposition to HB2495 and HB2467. Click hereto find out who they are and how to contact him/her.

Please, pray that legislators will choose to protect life by voting in opposition to HB2495 and HB2467.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”- Edmund Burke

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

Take the next step!

  • Consider donating to CWA of Illinois online or write a check out to “Concerned Women for America,” put “CWA of IL” on the memo line, and then send it to CWA of Illinois at 1255 W. Empire Street, Freeport, IL 61032. Our state is run exclusively through donations. Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity.
  • Visit the CWA of Illinois webpage to see how you can become involved in our organization.
  • If someone forwarded this e-alert to you, and you would like to be on our e-alert list, email me, and I will be happy to add you.  You will receive legislative, project and event notices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Action Needed on Illinois K-12 LGBTQ History Courses

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The proselytizing of the LGBTQ lifestyle on impressionable school-aged children continues as HB 246 passed the Illinois House 60-42. Forty-four Republicans and 14 Democrats did not vote on the bill. If passed in the Senate and signed by the governor, this bill will go into effect July 1, 2020. Gov. Pritzker indicated he would sign the bill into law.

Click here to see how your State Representative voted.

HB 246 mandates:

  • Students will be instructed on the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in American and Illinois History.
  • With regards to the textbook block grant program, it provides that the textbooks authorized to be purchased must include the roles and contributions of all people protected under the Illinois Human Rights Act and must be non-discriminatory as to any of the characteristics under the Act. 

At its core, HB 246 is about a moral issue that parents alone have the right to teach their children. As believers, we first and foremost rely on the Bible’s teachings against such lifestyles because it is in opposition to God’s plan for our lives. Secondly, medically, these lifestyles are statistically dangerous, and it is not in the interest of our children for us to portray them as normal and healthy when they medically and emotionally are not. According to a Center for Disease Control study, students in the LGB lifestyle are more likely to engage in risky behavior. This immoral lifestyle brings with it harm. This is not something to be taught or celebrated. 

Take Action:

  • Call your State Senator today and voice your opposition to HB 246. Click here to find your senator. Be sure to let them know you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.
  • Forward this alert to like-minded family members and friends and encourage them to call their senator.

 Please join me in prayer that the minds of public-school children will be protected from the LGBTQ ideology and that the Church will arise to defend them.

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

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

Take the next step!

  • Consider donating to CWA of Illinois online or write a check out to “Concerned Women for America,” put “CWA of IL” on the memo line, and then send it to CWA of Illinois at 1255 W. Empire Street, Freeport, IL 61032. Our state is run exclusively through donations. Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity.
  • Visit the CWA of Illinois webpage to see how you can become involved in our organization.
  • If someone forwarded this e-alert to you, and you would like to be on our e-alert list, email me, and I will be happy to add you.  You will receive legislative, project and event notices.

Illinois Public Schools Poised to Teach K-12 LGBTQ History Courses

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If Democrats have their way, Illinois public school K-12 history classes will include a study in the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in American and Illinois history. Introduced by Anna Moeller (D-District 43 – Elgin) HB0246 ups the ante on LGBTQ indoctrination in the public school system. If passed, this bill will go into effect July 1, 2020.

Leftists have taken advantage of taxpayer money in public schools to promote and legitimize their LGBTQ ideology, while vilifying and stifling traditional values and beliefs. With little pushback and opposition from the Church, the LGBTQ movement has solidified their agenda via legislation.

Please make your voice heard on HB0246! It is currently in the House. Our state representatives need to know that there are many who oppose this. Legislators judge public opinion by the responses of their constituents to the bills.

PLEASE TAKE ACTION!

  • Call and/or email your state representative and respectfully ask him/her to oppose HB0246. Click hereto find out who your representative is and how to contact him/her.
  • Forward this alert to like-minded family members and friends and encourage them to pray and take action.

PLEASE JOIN ME IN PRAYER that our legislators would stand up and protect the minds of public-school children from the LGBTQ ideology. Pray the Church will arise to defend the children.

“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)

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

Take the next step!

  • Consider donating to CWA of Illinois online or write a check out to “Concerned Women for America,” put “CWA of IL” on the memo line, and then send it to CWA of Illinois at 1255 W. Empire Street, Freeport, IL 61032. Our state is run exclusively through donations. Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity.
  • Visit the CWA of Illinois webpage to see how you can become involved in our organization.
  • If someone forwarded this e-alert to you, and you would like to be on our e-alert list, email me, and I will be happy to add you.  You will receive legislative, project, and event notices.

 

 

 

 

 

Lega­­lized Recreational Marijuana in Illinois? Act Now!

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Do you want recreational marijuana in our great state?  ABSOLUTLEY NOT!  Please let your voice be heard now!

Marijuana proponent, State Sen. Heather Steans (D-District 7 Chicago,) has introduced SB 7, a bill that will legalize marijuana for recreational use in Illinois.  Sen. Stean’s bill will allow anyone 21 years or older to use cannabis (marijuana) legally.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said that legalizing recreational cannabis could generate as much as $1 billion in tax revenue a year. He and the Democrat veto-proof Illinois General Assembly want to balance the out-of-control budget on the backs of marijuana users.

According to Gov. Pritzker, “The responsible course of action is to embrace some near term reasonable – and realistic – new revenue, which will bring in an estimated $1.1 billion in total … Let’s be honest, like it or not, cannabis is readily available right now. I would rather the state tax it and regulate it than deny the reality of its use and accessibility.” February 2019, Budget Address

 This line of thinking could not be more dangerous.  Not only with this current situation, but what happens if something much more dangerous comes along that gets to the point of being “readily available.”  Will he once again say, “I would rather the state tax it and regulate it than deny the reality of its use and accessibility.” This is setting a dangerous, naive precedent. It is an “If you can’t beat them, join them!” mentality.

While Gov. Pritzker might be championing the legalization of marijuana, law enforcement and those who study the effects of marijuana use do not. Consider these facts:

  • Marijuana-impaired driver accidentsare up in legalized marijuana states, and the legalization of marijuana has not stopped the illegal drug trade.
  • Medical researchconcludes that “Cannabis use is likely to increase violence and the risk of schizophrenia and other psychoses; the higher the use, the greater the risk.”
  • Marijuana has been proven to be a gate-way drug.
  • Legalized recreational marijuana increases the availability of the drug and acceptability of its use.
  • Marijuana addiction negatively impacts users and their families.

SB 7 can be voted out of committee at any time and would then go immediately to the Senate floor for a vote.

Take Action:

Contact your state representative and state senator and urge them to oppose legalized recreational marijuana use. Tell them to vote NO to SB 7.

  • Click hereto find out who your legislators are and how to contact them.
  • Forward this alert to your family, friends, as well as, churches in your area.

Please pray that:

  • People will wake up to the health risks and physical dangers of recreational marijuana use.
  • Legislators will listen to the truth about the risk marijuana use poses to individuals, families, and communities rather than emphasizing its financial potential to balance the budget.
  • Pastors and the Church would be vocal advocates for Biblical truth in legislation.

For more information read CWA’s research on the topic: Losing Wager: “Big Marijuana’s” Legalization Crusade Endangers Our Future.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”- Edmund Burke

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

Take the next step!
Consider donating to CWA of Illinois onlineor write a check out to “Concerned Women for America,” put “CWA of IL” on the memo line, and then send it to CWA of Illinois at 1255 W. Empire Street, Freeport, IL 61032. Our state is run exclusively through donations. Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity.

 

Update: Both House and Senate Now Set to Expand Abortion. Please Oppose!

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UPDATE: Since our February 22 e-alert on this subject, we have learned that there is a Senate companion bill, SB1594, to HB2467. Please pray and take action if you haven’t already on last Friday’s e-alert, as well as the information I have added to it below noted with an *.

“Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Behold, we did not know this,’ does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay man according to his work?” (Proverbs 24:11-12) 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 E-ALERT:
The Partial Birth Abortion repeal bill and the No Parental Notice bill are up for a vote in the Illinois House of Representatives.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Democrat-controlled General Assembly are making good on their promise to make Illinois the most progressive women’s reproductive rights state in the nation.  The provisions in these bills are evil, plain and simple.

We must do everything we can to put a stop to the murder of the unborn. If Christians in Illinois do not stand up for the unborn in Illinois, who will?

The Reproductive Health Act HB2495, sponsored by State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-District 14), will expand abortion rights as follows:

  1. Will repeal the Partial Birth Abortion Ban which would then allow babies to be killed up to the time of birth.
  2. Will make it mandatory that all private health insurance companies in the state provide coverage for abortion.
  3. Will repeal a 1975 Illinois abortion law (though currently not in effect) which includes criminal penalties on doctors who commit abortion and more.

The Parental Notice Abortion – Repeal, HB2467 [*and SB1594] will repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995 which presently requires notification – not consent.  What does this mean?

  1. Parents will never know if their child has become pregnant and had an abortion unless their child shares the information
  2. If the child is having multiple abortions, the parents will not know.
  3. If a child is being sexually abused by an adult, the parents are not given the last opportunity to be tipped off that something may be wrong and therefore, come to the aid of their daughter.

All bills could be voted out of committee at any time.  The bills might then go immediately to the House and Senate floor for a vote.

Please take action:

  1. Contact your state representative and urge him/her to oppose HB2495, the Reproductive Health Care Act, and HB2467, the Parental Notice of Abortion. Click here to find out who your representative is and how to contact him/her.
  2. *Please contact your state senator and urge him/her to oppose SB1594, the Parental Notice of Abortion-Repeal. Click here to find out who your senator is and how to contact him/her.
  3. Forward this alert to your family, friends, as well as, churches in your area.

Please join me in prayer that Christians will defend the sanctity of life and legislators will be convicted of the sanctity of life and vote accordingly.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”- Edmund Burke

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

Take the next step!

  • Consider donating to CWA of Illinois online or write a check out to “Concerned Women for America,” put “CWA of IL” on the memo line, and then send it to CWA of Illinois at 1255 W. Empire Street, Freeport, IL 61032. Our state is run exclusively through donations. Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity.
  • Visit the CWA of Illinois webpage to see how you can become involved in our organization.
  • If someone forwarded this e-alert to you, and you would like to be on our e-alert list, email me, and I will be happy to add you.  You will receive legislative, project and event notices.

 

 

 

Illinois House Set to Expand Abortion, Again. Will You Oppose Them?!

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Partial Birth Abortion Bill Repeal and No Parental Notice is up for a vote in the Illinois House of Representatives.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker and the Democrat-controlled General Assembly are making good on their promise to make Illinois the most progressive women’s reproductive rights state in the nation.  The provisions in these bills are evil, plain and simple.

We must do everything we can to put a stop to the murder of the unborn. If the Christians in Illinois do not stand up for the unborn in Illinois, who will?

House Bills Expanding Abortion “Rights”:

Reproductive Health Act HB2495 Sponsored by State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-District 14) will expand abortion rights.

  1. Will repeal the Partial Birth Abortion Ban which would then allow babies to be killed up to the time of birth.
  2. Will make it mandatory that all private health insurance companies in the state provide coverage for abortion.
  3. Will repeal a 1975 Illinois abortion law (though currently not in effect) which includes criminal penalties on doctors who commit abortion and more.

Parental Notice Abortion – Repeal HB2467 Sponsored by State Rep. Chris Emanuel Welch (D-District 7) Will repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act of 1995 which presently requires notification – not consent.  What does this mean?

  1. That parents will never know if their child has become pregnant and had an abortion unless their child shares the information
  2. That if the child is having multiple abortions, the parents will not know.
  3. That if a child is being sexually abused by an adult, the parents are not given the last opportunity to be tipped off that something may be wrong and therefore, come to the aid of their daughter.

Both are expected to be voted out of committee any time.  They may immediately then go to the House floor for a vote.

Please take action:

  1. Please contact your state representative and urge him/her to oppose HB2495, Reproductive Health Care Act, and HB2467, Parental Notice of Abortion. Click here to find out who your representative is and how to contact him/her. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.
  2. Forward this alert to your family, friends, as well as, churches in your area.

Please join me in prayer that Christians will defend the sanctify of life and legislators will be convicted of the sanctity of life and vote accordingly.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”- Edmund Burke

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

Take the next step!

  • Consider donating to CWA of Illinois online or write a check out to “Concerned Women for America,” put “CWA of IL” on the memo line, and then send it to CWA of Illinois at 1255 W. Empire Street, Freeport, IL 61032. Our state is run exclusively through donations. Thank you in advance for considering this opportunity.
  • Visit the CWA of Illinois webpage to see how you can become involved in our organization.
  • If someone forwarded this e-alert to you, and you would like to be on our e-alert list, email me, and I will be happy to add you.  You will receive legislative, project and event notices.

 

 

 

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