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Tired of business as usual in D.C.?
Did you know Springfield can do something about it?

Tired of business as usual in D.C.?
Did you know Springfield can do something about it?

 

 

 

 

If you could change one thing about Washington, D.C., what would it be?

✓ Gridlock

✓ Cronyism

✓ Fraud

✓ Waste

✓ Politicians taking the most vulnerable Americans as political hostages

✓ Federal officials exempting themselves and their friends from the laws we have to obey

It's hard to pick just one, isn't it? Did you know that Springfield has the power to do something about these kinds of abuses? Watch the 3-minute video above and then tell your General Assembly members that you want them to take action!

Here's how YOU can be part of the solution:

  1. Sign our on-line petition at www.COSaction.com. You can use your personal supporter link below to tell your friends about COS via email and social media.
  2. Follow us at www.Facebook.com/COS.Illinois and Twitter.com/COSIllinois.
  3. Reach out to your state legislators personally and ask them to support HJR115:
    • Find out who they are here. Be sure to enter your complete address.
    • Access talking points here.
    • Phone your legislators, or better yet, write a paper letter. This is very attention-getting because so few people do it anymore.
    • Schedule a face-to-face meeting with your legislators. Our Legislative Liaison, Vickie Deppe, is happy to accompany you if you'd like. You can reach Vickie at Legislative.IL@cosaction.com.
  4. Sign up as a volunteer: passing out literature, writing a letter to the editor, and hosting an info session are just some of the ways you can help spread the word about the Convention of States Project. Sign up here and we'll get you plugged in.
  5. Join our team as a District Captain: we need a District Captain in every Illinois State House District who will commit to finding 100 people in their district willing to contact their state legislators in support of the Convention of States resolution, HJR61. Click here to apply.

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Your voice is important. Make it heard by sharing Convention of States with your friends and contacts. Don't miss the chance to tell future generations that you stood strong for liberty!

Illinois Team

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    Anthony Anderson

    State Director

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    Vickie Deppe

    Legislative Liaison

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    Matt Farag

    State Information Analyst

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    Charles Gatling

    Coalitions Director

Illinois News

Civil Asset Forfeiture Update

Forbes recently published a damning piece highlighting the abuses of the Department of Justice’s use of civil asset forfeiture. An audit conducted by the Office of the Inspector General begun in 2014 states that over a 5-year period, the DEA

  • seized $14.3 million dollars in
  • 381 cases
  • only 2 of which involved illegal substances.

Perhaps most disturbingly, the DEA recruited employees of private businesses like airlines and shipping companies as informants. By using private citizens instead of government officials, seizures resulting from these channels, called “Limited Use” sources, skirt the Fourth Amendment requirements for a search warrant, informant testimony, and a specific statement of what is sought in advance of the search. Limited Use sources have collected millions of dollars in finder’s fees. The report further indicates that 88% of the DOJ’s forfeiture cases involve no judicial oversight whatsoever. It is also interesting to note that the OIG indicates that the DEA erected “obstacles and delays” to the audit.

In June, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley introduced the DUE PROCESS Act (Deterring Undue Enforcement by Protecting Rights of Citizens from Excessive Searches & Seizures). Once again, when faced with embarrassing evidence of federal misconduct, Congress scrambles to do as little as it possibly can to deflect criticism, while circling the wagons to maintain its control (please read “Do as I Say…” and “Congress Begins Acting…” for more on this).

Why does the DUE PROCESS Act come up short? For one thing, the DUE PROCESS Act leaves intact the perverse financial incentives for law enforcement to seize property without charging its owner with a crime…i.e., they still get to keep what they take. The DUE PROCESS Act also fails to address the heart of the matter: civil asset forfeiture is a direct violation of our Fourth Amendment rights:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Our Constitution states that If government officials are going to take your property, they must convince a judge to issue a warrant, and state ahead of time where they will search, what they’re looking for, and why there’s reasonable cause to conclude that the property is connected to a crime. Once this principle is violated for a popular cause like curbing illicit drugs, it becomes that much easier to invalidate it for flimsier and more controversial reasons. Civil asset forfeiture doesn’t need “greater transparency." It needs to be done away with altogether. If the government is not going to get a warrant and charge you with a crime, it shouldn’t be able to seize your property. Period. Congress and the DOJ don’t agree, because it’s not the rich & powerful who are being victimized by this practice. It’s time to make them listen.

Please tell your state legislators that you want them to push back against this abuse by signing our petition at www.cosaction.com. You can use the buttons below to let your friends know that there’s something they can do about this.

Can’t see the buttons? Scroll up and click on the title, Civil Asset Forfeiture Update.

 

 


Chicago Tribune Covers Article V

Efforts to reform the federal government through an Article V Convention are not just building momentum in the state legislatures: they're gaining attention from nationally-recognized media, as well. In August, the New York Times ran a front-page story on Article V efforts; and this week, the Chicago Tribune ran its own story about how the results of the November election impact the movement. The big story, and one both the Trib and the Times missed, is that the Convention of States' resolution has a broad spectrum of bipartisan support in Springfield and elsewhere. It is also a vehicle for blue states to push back against a completely Republican-controlled Washington, DC. The resolution, calling for an Article V Convention to propose amendments to limit the spending, power, and jurisdiction of the federal government, will be filed in the Illinois Senate by Sen. Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) during the upcoming legislative session.

In a letter to the editor, Illinois Legislative Liaison Vickie Deppe responded, "What these legislators realize is that whether you’re a liberal or a conservative, process matters. Those who support what President Obama accomplished with executive orders will probably find what Donald Trump does with his pen and phone highly objectionable."

States have been at the forefront of some of the most significant policy movements in American history, including women’s suffrage, marriage equality, and dismantling the abysmal failure known as the “War on Drugs.” The backlash following the Republican sweep of Washington, DC, illustrates precisely why it is time for the blue states to take their place at the Article V table and lead the way in imposing badly-needed and broadly-supported reforms on the federal government…reforms that Congress will never undertake on its own.

You can sign our on-line petition at www.cosaction.com, and invite your friends by using the buttons below.

Can't see the buttons? Scroll to the top of the article and click the title, "Chicago Tribune Covers Article V."

Read more at the Illinois Blog.

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