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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 2-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 HJR 32:
    • 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 vickie.deppe@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, HJR 32. 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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    Charles Gatling

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    Heather L Godsey

Illinois News

Arkansas Legislature Move Demonstrates Civil Rights are Secure

Opponents on both the left and the right express concerns that an Article V convention to limit the spending, power, and jurisdiction of the federal government could undermine the existing rights of Americans. On the right, there are fears that our First and Second Amendment rights could be abridged. The left, pointing to the preponderance of Republican-controlled state legislatures, cites concerns surrounding the more-recently recognized rights of minorities.

A move by the Arkansas House last month, however, demonstrates that red states are far from united in a quest to impose a hyper-conservative agenda upon the rest of the nation. On March 30th, the Arkansas House considered and defeated SJR7, a resolution asking Congress to propose a constitutional amendment defining marriage as exclusively between a man and a woman. Although Republicans enjoy a 3-to-1 majority in the Arkansas House, fully one-third of them stood with Democrats refusing to support this resolution.

This legislative evidence demonstrates that anything regarded as extreme by either party stands little chance of securing the support of the 38 states needed for ratification. We have always known that both parties control more than enough legislative chambers to stop anything they see as unreasonable. But as Arkansas has demonstrated, we can now unequivocally state that a significant number of Republicans, even those from the Deep South, even those who enjoy supermajority status in their state legislatures, can be counted on to stand against any attempt to turn back the civil rights clock.

This isn't about left vs. right...it's DC insiders vs. the rest of us.

Have you signed our on-line petition at www.cosaction.com? Click here to join the 17,000 Illinoisans who support HJR 32. And use the buttons below to share on social media. Can't see the buttons? Scroll up and click on the title of this article, "Arkansas Legislature..."


Illinois House Executive Committee Passes COS Resolution 8-0

On March 30, the Illinois House Executive Committee passed HJR 32 with an 8-0 vote. The resolution calls for an Article V convention to propose amendments to limit the power, jurisdiction, and spending of the federal government. House leadership recognizes the importance of this resolution in providing long-term relief for Illinois’ status as a “donor state,” as well as its ability to address other problems connected to federal overreach.

The resolution has strong bipartisan support in the House: it is being carried by Representative Rob Martwick, joined by Chief Co-Sponsors Avery Bourne,  Linda Chapa LaVia, constitutional attorney Peter Breen, and Assistant Majority Leader Mary Flowers. The resolution has dozens of co-sponsors, evenly divided between parties and including Assistant Majority Leader Dan Burke and Republican Caucus Chair Tom Demmer. Sen. Tom Cullerton plans to carry the resolution in the Senate.

Vickie Deppe, Illinois Legislative Liaison, explains the strong bipartisan support for the resolution:

Congress’ approval ratings haven’t seen 50% in well over a decade; and more than 2/3 of Americans agree with statements like, "Federal officials are more concerned with their own interests and those of their cronies than what’s best for the American people." This level of dissatisfaction isn’t just bigger than one political party or the other: it’s bigger than both of them combined. The Constitution gives states the right and responsibility to stand up for people when the federal government can’t or won’t. By passing this resolution through committee, Illinois has taken the first step towards joining with other states to impose reforms on Washington DC that we can’t expect Congress to take up any time soon.

This is a major milestone for Illinois and the nation. Illinois is the first blue state to pass the COS application through committee. But our work is not over yet! The more co-sponsors we have, the more likely we are to get our floor vote. Please use the link below to find out if your Representative has signed on to HJR 32, and, if necessary, contact their office in Springfield to ask them to become a co-sponsor.

Is my Representative on-board?

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