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Illinois Legislators Need Our Prayers!

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

Only prayer and action will turn the hearts of our legislators and Illinoisans in 2018!  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 elected officials, members of the Illinois General Assembly, and all Illinois county board and commission chairpersons. It is not an expression of political or public policy views.  It involves three easy steps:

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

Special thanks to all those who participated in the EAL project during the 2017 legislative session. We received several messages from legislators expressing their gratitude for the encouragement and prayers.

If you would like to participate in the CWA of Illinois EAL Project, please call me at 815-297-2918 or email [email protected]. Be sure to specify the number of legislators you would like to pray for and encourage.  Please provide your name, address, and email address. 

The Illinois EAL project cannot exist without funding.  If you feel led, please donate to CWA of Illinois. All donations given to CWA of Illinois will fund the state’s projects and initiatives. Click here to donate today, or feel free to send a check to the address below!

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

We are looking for your commitment today. Your packet will be mailed to you this January. 

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
1255 W. Empire Street
Freeport, IL 61032

(815) 297-2918
[email protected]
il.cwfa.org

 

Illinois Legislators Need Our Prayers!

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Be a 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 three 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 2017 EAL project during the 2017 legislative session.  EAL intercessors sent monthly postcards to Illinois elected officials and 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 fund 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 legislators 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

The ERA is Back from the Grave for the 16th Time!

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Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), SJRCA 4 presently remains on first reading in the Senate. The Constitutional resolution was introduced in February 2017 and a committee hearing was held on April 2017.  There was no action on this resolution since then until this month in which several senators have added their names to the list of co-sponsors and some other movement concerning amendments and such.  This leads us to believe it is may be on the move.  Now the ERA is a Constitutional amendment, so it does not have a deadline. Therefore it can be considered in the Senate this year or even next year, but when it does come up for a vote, we can count on it being done quickly and without advance notice. Passage of a constitutional amendment requires a 3/5 majority vote to pass.

If voted on, and we expect it will, it will be the 16th time it has been voted on in Illinois.  Was not 15 times “NO” not “No” enough?

Kill this Abominable Constitutional Amendment Once and for All!

History of the ERA:

  • Passage of the ERA would add these words to the U.S. Constitution: “Equality of rights under law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex.”
  • The ERA would constitutionally remove all legal distinction between sexes. Men and women would be treated identically in value and in nature, as well as integrating same-sex, bi-sexual, and transgender attraction into the U.S. Constitution.
  • Federally protected LGBTQ sex rights would be used to permit unrestricted access to opposite-sex spaces and activities, to men and women who identify as the gender they are not.
  • The ERA could very well affect almost every area of life including Social Security, Medicare, insurance benefits, and pro-life issues.
  • The time limit for ratification of the ERA ended in 1979, but Congress granted an extension until 1982. In 1981, a U.S. district court ruled that the extension was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court dismissed the extension as moot.
  • From 1972 – 2016, the Illinois General Assembly voted “NO” on the ERA 15 times.

This issue is what launched CWA in 1978. We stand strong and will not back down!

This amendment can be voted on at any time, so please act now!

TAKE ACTION

  1. Contact your state senators today! 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. Tell them, “15 times ‘NO’ on the ERA means ‘NO!’”  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.  Leave a message after hours if needed.
  2. Forward this alert to everyone you know – especially your pastor and members of your congregation.

PRAY for:

  • The Equal Rights Amendment to be put to rest once and for all!
  • Pastors and the Christian community to exercise their constitutional right to oppose bad legislation.
  • A return to Biblical values in our great state and in America.

“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]
815-297-2918

il.cwfa.org

Get involved with CWA of Illinois.  There is a place for you.  You are needed!

 

Gov. Rauner Signs Illinois Tax-Payer Funded Abortion Bill Into Law!

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Gov. Bruce Rauner Breaks His Pledge to Veto Tax-Payer Funded Abortions.

HB 40, Illinois Tax-Payer Funded Abortion Bill is now the law of the land. Despite having 60 days to “consider his options,”Gov. Bruce Rauner wasted no time in breaking his pledge to the pro-life community by signing his name to this evil law. Rauner will ultimately be held accountable to God Almighty for legalizing tax-payer abortions and redefining a fetus, who is created in God’s image, as a non-human.

Thank you for the many people who lobbied and contacted Gov. Rauner to veto HB 40.  Evil has triumphed with HB 40, but we know that God’s Will will be done regarding abortion in His time and in His way.  Until then we remain steadfast to uphold the sanctity of life for the unborn. “For a man who is right with God falls seven times, and rises again, but the sinful fall in time of trouble.” (Proverbs 24:16)

 Pray that:

  • Rauner would be convicted of the reality that abortion is murder and turn from his wicked ways.
  • Pastors and Christians would rally for the life of the unborn.
  • Pro-life candidates would run for office.
  • Women who are considering abortion will make the decision to bring their babies to full term.

Take action:

  • Please 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
CWA of Illinois
[email protected]
815-297-2918

Ready to take the next step?  Get more involved with CWA of Illinois.

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter. Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.
  • Please donate to CWA of Illinois. Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported completely through donations.
  • If someone forwarded this e-alert to you and you would like to be on our e-mail list, contact me, and I will be happy to add you.

 

Urgent! Gov. Rauner Poised to Sign Illinois Tax-Payer Funded Abortion Bill

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Remind Gov. Bruce Rauner of His Pledge to Veto Tax-Payer Funded Abortions.

 Last April, a spokesman from the governor’s office said, “Gov. Rauner is committed to protecting women’s reproductive rights under current Illinois law. However, recognizing the sharp divisions of opinion of taxpayer funding of abortion, he does not support H.B. 40.”

H.B. 40  – Illinois Tax-Payer Funded Abortion Bill has been held in the Illinois Senate on a procedural move to avoid a veto pledge by Gov. Bruce Rauner last spring.  Monday, Sen. Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) lifted that procedural hold he had placed on the measure, and the move Monday sent the bill to Rauner’s desk.  The governor has 60 days to sign the bill into law.

Sadly, Gov. Rauner is now weighing his options on H.B. 40 and is meeting with advocates and legislators who both support and oppose the bill. Yesterday he said, “I am personally pro-choice, but I respect the moral arguments and the debate on the other side, and I am listening, and we will make a decision in the near future.”

Gov. Bruce Rauner is running for re-election in 2018 and does not have a major GOP primary opponent.  However, signing the H.B. 40 into law could draw one.

H.B. 40 would:

  • Provide free Medicaid abortions with no restrictions. Abortions would be covered for any reason through the nine months of pregnancy, even if an unborn baby feels pain and can survive outside the womb.
  • Remove the ban on state employees’ insurance policies paying for abortions.
  • Provide no monetary cap to the number of abortions that could be covered by Medicaid.
  • Remove 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.

 Please contact the Governor today!

Take action:

  • Contact Gov. Rauner! REMIND HIM OF HIS PLEDGE TO VETO H.B. 40 which allows tax dollars to be used for abortions. Be sure to let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.
  • Forward this alert to everyone you know – especially your pastor and members of your congregation.

 Pray that:

  • Rauner will no longer be blind to the fact that an unborn child is human life; pray he will be convicted that abortion is murder and that he will be held accountable for signing H.B. 40 into law if he chooses to do so.
  • Pastors and Christians will rally for the life of the unborn.
  • B. 40 will not become law.

 “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
CWA of Illinois
[email protected]
815-297-2918

Get involved with CWA of Illinois.

Gov. Rauner Signs “Transgender Birth Certificate Bill” into Law

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Transgender men and women can now legally pretend to be the opposite sex by acquiring falsified birth certificates.

Anti-Family Gov. Bruce Rauner signed HB 1785 into law last Friday, scoring a huge victory for the LGBTQ community.  This law will make it even easier for men and women, who currently think they are the opposite sex, to acquire falsified birth certificates.  In May, HB 1785 was passed by both Illinois House (63-43) and Senate (32-22).

HB 1785 amends the Vital Records Act to allow gender-dysphoric persons to change their gender on their birth certificate with a declaration from a health care worker or mental health professional that states the person has undergone “gender transition treatment.” Click here to read the final bill for yourself.

As you may recall, Rauner ran for office as a fiscal conservative with “no social agenda.”  Regrettably, voters believed him.  Since becoming governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner has supported and signed every anti-life, anti-family bill into law.

Please Prayer:

  • Pray for God to intervene in Illinois government, removing legislators from office who do not support pro-life, pro-family bills.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to move in the lives of our Governor, his family, and the Illinois General Assembly.
  • Pray for the church to awaken and publicly defend righteousness.

Take Action: 2 Chronicles 32:7-8 says, “Be strong and courageous!  Don’t be afraid or discouraged … for there is a power far greater on our side!  We have the Lord our God to help us and fight our battles for us.”

Debbie Leininger

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

Become involved in CWA of Illinois!  Contact me at [email protected].

Watch for more information concerning our 2018 Encourage-a-Legislator program.  Now, more than ever, our legislators desperately need your prayers and encouragement.Bottom of Form

Great News! City of Freeport Votes to Place “In God We Trust” on Municipal Buildings and Public Vehicles

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America’s national motto will soon have high visibility in Freeport, Illinois. Multiple city buildings in Freeport, as well as public vehicles, will be displaying “In God We Trust”, thanks to a resolution unanimously passed by Freeport’s city council on July 17, 2017.  The resolution makes Freeport the first city in the nation to have all municipal buildings display “In God We Trust” on their facades.

CWA of Illinois applauds Mayor Jodi Miller and the Freeport City Council’s unanimous vote to display our national motto, “In God We Trust”, on the city’s public buildings.

View the press release from Mayor Millers’ office recognizing the resolution and CWA’s role in this project.

The phrase “In God We Trust” recognizes the principles set by the Founding Fathers, who established this nation on the belief that we have certain inalienable rights that are endowed by our Creator.

The cost of creating and installing “In God We Trust” signage will not be paid for by city funds, but shall be paid for through private donations. CWA of Illinois will be spearheading the fundraising effort to collect the $20,000 needed for this project.  All money donated for the “In God We Trust” initiative will be tax-deductible.

Whenever our city’s residents see “In God We Trust” on our public buildings, may it be a reminder to them that God is our refuge, and our strength – a present help in time of trouble and our hope for a better future.

Pray that:

  • All levels of government acknowledge God for wisdom, protection, and strength.
  • Pastors and Christians will boldly stand for righteousness in the public arena.
  • The Holy Spirit’s transforming power will fall upon America.

Take action:

  • Please contribute financially to this powerful project. Write a check to “CWA” and put “IL – In God We Trust” on the memo line. Send the check to the address below or to City Hall at 314 W. Stephenson Street, Suite 200, Freeport, IL
  • Encourage your church to make a contribution. This is a great opportunity for the church to show itself strong.
  • Call (815-235-8200) and/or email Mayor Jodi Miller and thank her for her support of the resolution.
  • Thank the Freeport City Council for their support as well.

 

Debbie Leininger
State Director
CWA of Illinois
1255 W. Empire Street
Freeport, IL 61032
[email protected]
815-297-2918

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Psalm 33:12)

Ready to take the next step?  Get more involved with CWA of Illinois.

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter. Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.
  • Please donate to CWA of Illinois. Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported completely through donations.
  • If someone forwarded this e-alert to you and you would like to be on our e-mail list, contact me and I will be happy to add you.

New Anti-Science State Procedures Dismiss Fact and Demand the Promotion of Falsehood

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CWA of Illinois condemns the latest procedures by the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) that forces the acceptance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) lifestyle upon ALL social workers and foster families. Failure to adhere to these new policies will result in dismissal from one’s role.

On May 6, 2017, Illinois DCFS Director George Sheldon signed enhanced department procedures to be followed when providing services to LGBTQ children and youth in the department’s care.  The policy states, “… will not tolerate exposing LGBTQ children and youth to staff/providers who are not supportive of children and youths’ right to self-determination of sexual/gender identity.” Click here to read the DCFS press release concerning these new procedures.

For more information about this issue, please read an excellent op-ed, Illinois Purges Social Workers And Foster Families Who Don’t ‘Facilitate’ Transgenderism, by Mary Rice Hasson. She is an attorney and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington D.C.!

Take Action: Please contact the following individuals and tell them you do not approve of the latest Illinois Department of Child and Family “enhanced” LGBTQ policies and demand that these policies be rescinded.  Be sure to let them know that you are member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.

  • Write George Sheldon at Director’s Office, DCFS, 406 East Monroe Street, Springfield, IL 62701 and/or call (217) 785-2509.
  • Email Bruce Rauner
  • Contact your state senator and state representative.  If you do not know who your legislators are, click here to find out their name and contact information based on your address.
  • Pass this alert on to everyone you know, especially your pastors!
  • If you haven’t already, be sure to take action on last Thursday’s e-alert concerning the transgender birth certificate bill.

 Pray:

  • Pray for the churches in Illinois. Pray they will stand up like never before for what is right and oppose what is wrong.  Pray for those who have been complacent, and that they might repent for their apathy.
  • Pray the fear of the Lord falls upon the Illinois’ legislator and departments. Let them see that they are responsible to the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY for their laws, policies, and actions.

 “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke.

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

Ready to take the next step?  Get more involved with CWA of Illinois.

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter. Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.
  • Please donate to CWA of Illinois. Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported completely through donations.
  • If someone forwarded you this e-alert, and you would like to be on our e-mail list, contact me and I will be happy to add you.

 

Transgender Birth Certificate Bill Passed in Senate – Governor Needs to Hear From You!

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Gov. Bruce Rauner will now decide the fate of HB 1785.

Yesterday afternoon, the Illinois Senate approved HB 1785 with a vote of 32-22. The bill was passed along party lines with no republican “yes” votes.  Last week, the bill passed through the Illinois House with a vote of 63-32.

HB 1785 amends the Vital Records Act to allow gender-dysphoric persons to change their gender on their birth certificate with a declaration from a health care worker or mental health professional that states the person has undergone “gender transition treatment.”

The bill now goes to Gov. Rauner who has sixty days to sign or veto it.  If he chooses to do nothing, then the falsifying of Illinois birth certificates will become law. Gov. Rauner needs to hear from YOU! 

A special thank you to those who contacted their state senator in response to our last e-alerts on this bill. 

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)

Take Action:

  1. Contact Gov. Rauner now and ask him to veto HB1785. Please email him and call his office at 217-782-0244. Feel free to leave a message after hours.  Let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Illinois.
  2. As previously requested, please contact the governor concerning him vetoing HB 40. Remind him that he pledged to “veto” HB 40.
  3. Please forward this alert now to everyone you know, especially your pastor and members of your congregation. We, too, are held accountable for our action or inaction in making our voices heard for righteousness in government in Illinois.

Please Take a Moment to Pray”

  • Pray that the schemes of the enemy would be thwarted and that Gov. Rauner will “veto” both of these bills.
  • Pray that Gov. Rauner will be convicted of the spiritual ramification of allowing unrighteous bills to become law: He will ultimately be held accountable to Almighty God for his decisions.
  • Pray that pastors and Christians would be vocal advocates for Christ in public discourse and defending sound legislation.

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

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

Ready to take the next step?  Get more involved with CWA of Illinois.

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter. Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.
  • Please donate to CWA of Illinois. Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported 100 percent through donations.
  • If someone forwarded you this e-alert, and you would like to be on our e-mail list, contact me and I will be happy to do so.