HR0610 will be heard Monday, November 28 at 1:00pm in the Finance Committee, and if passed will be voted on the next day.
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1. CALL YOUR STATE REP & the FINANCE COMMITTEE and urge them to co-sponsor and vote yes.

2. GIVE YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS and ask for a CALL BACK so we know they process the call.

3. BE POLITE and maintain good relations.

4. LET US KNOW that you made the call at so we can better strategize!

5. SPREAD THE WORD and forward this webpage!

We need Occupiers to call the Committee and ask them to pass the bill.
In your call, explain your hardships or other reasons for involvement. BE POLITE. Occupy Springfield has successfully testified before this very tough Finance Committee to oppose SB397 and we want to support their continuing success and not alienate the committee!

*John E. Bradley (D-Marion) (217) 782-1051 • (618) 997-9697 (CHAIR)
Arthur Turner (D-Chicago) (217) 782-8116 • (773) 277-4700 (VICE-CHAIRPERSON)
*David Harris (R-Mount Prospect) (217) 782-3739 • (224) 635-2010 (REPUBLICAN SPOKESPERSON)
*Sandy Cole (R-Grayslake) (217) 782-7320 • (847) 543-0062
Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago) (217) 782-8121 • (773) 667-0550
*Kent Gaffney (R-Wauconda) (217) 782-1517 • (847) 487-5252
*Frank J. Mautino (D-Spring Valley) (217) 782-0140 • (815) 664-2717
*Ed Sullivan, Jr. (R-Mundelein) (217) 782-3696 • (847) 566-5115
*Michael J. Zalewski (D-Summit) (217) 782-5280 • (708) 728-9922--especially call him as he is a Chicago area rep

*These legislators especially need calls.


My name is ____ and I live at ____. I am calling to ask Representative ______ to co-sponsor HR0610. This Resolution recognizes the hardships of Illinois families due to the Wall Street economic crisis and supports the exercise of free speech by the Occupy movements in Illinois.

As someone who has suffered hardships myself, it is very important to me that s/he recognize the people who are speaking out.

Please give me a call back to let me know if my Representative will co-sponsor and support this resolution. Thank you so much.
(The resolution HR0610 is sponsored by Rep. La Shawn K. Ford.)


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Illinois House Resolution Concerning the Illinois Occupy Movements

WHEREAS, The people of Illinois are suffering from an ongoing economic crisis that threatens their health, wealth and security, and

WHEREAS, Occupy movements in Illinois are supported by people of all trades and occupations, from school teachers to military veterans, who are stirred to protest economic injustice by the examples of the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York City and the numerous other Occupy protests across the country; and

WHEREAS, In Illinois, the unemployment rate is 10% (numbering more than 660,000 people), the poverty rate is more than 14% (1.8 million people), and the rate of people living in extreme poverty (income less than $11,000 for a family of four) is nearly 7% (680,000 people); and

WHEREAS, The average after-tax household income of the top 1% of the United States population grew by 275% between 1979 and 2007, and the average after-tax household income of the lowest 20% of the United States population grew by just 18% in that same period; and

WHEREAS, The top 1% of income earners control 40% of the wealth in the United States; and

WHEREAS, The foreclosure rate in Illinois last month was the ninth worst in the country (1 of every 463 units), the rate in Cook County was even worse (1 of 357 units), and nearly 45% of the mortgage loans on Chicago homes are "underwater", that is, the amount of the home mortgage loan exceeds the value of the home; and

WHEREAS, The cost of the foreclosure crisis to Illinois taxpayers in 2012 is expected to reach $12 billion, blighting whole communities with decreased police and fire protection, higher crime rates, less access to health care, poorer schools, deteriorated infrastructure, diminished recreation services, reduced library services, and park closures or reduced park hours; and

WHEREAS, People of all ages (from young adults to seniors) and backgrounds, individuals from all Chicago neighborhoods, and persons who live in the suburbs, downstate cities, and rural areas are lawfully protesting the failures of Wall Street, the subsequent economic crisis, and the failure to address the needs of 99% of the population; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NINETY-SEVENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we recognize the hardships experienced by the people of Illinois as a result of the economic injustices and we stand in support of the continued peaceful exercise of First Amendment rights by Occupy protesters.




SPRINGFIELD – Rep. La Shawn K. Ford today filed a Resolution in the Illinois House of Representatives expressing support for “the peaceful exercise of First Amendment Rights” by people across the state engaged in the Occupy protests. The resolution reaffirms what the First Amendment of the United States Constitution explicitly protects: ”freedom of speech” and “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

“This is a statewide movement from all walks of life,” Ford said, “there are young people and seniors, teachers and veterans, all protesting the economic crisis that has destroyed families and whole communities.”

Ford agrees with housing advocates who say that banks and brokerage firms have to be held accountable for putting in jeopardy the lives and fortunes of millions of Illinoisans. He said that legislators must take stronger measures to keep people in their homes.

“Lawmakers in D.C. and in Springfield must deliver relief to families in Illinois just as they did to Wall Street,” he told the Chicago protesters. “The Occupy movement will help legislators stay focused on helping families who are losing their homes. This is a new sit-in movement.”

First elected to his 8th district seat in 2006, Ford represents several West Side neighborhoods hit hard by the economic collapse, including Austin, Berwyn, Riverside, Forest Park, Oak Park, LaGrange and Brookfield. He said that he and his House colleagues have seen their communities decimated by a high number of foreclosures, evictions and underwater mortgages.

The preamble to the Resolution speaks directly to these issues. The foreclosure rate in Illinois is the 9th worst in the country, and the rate in Cook County is worse still, at 1 of every 357 units. Nearly 45% of mortgages in Chicago are currently underwater.

“The Occupy protestors in Illinois have been peaceful, thoughtful and respectful,” Ford continued, “They deserve our recognition.”

“I live in a relatively affluent northern suburb,” said Stephen F. Eisenman, a professor at Northwestern University in Evanston, and a regular Occupy protester, “and even here the economic toll has been bad. People can’t sell their houses and the banks won’t refinance them — even people with jobs are afraid to spend and insecurity is growing.”

The resolution recognizes the hardships experienced by the people of Illinois and their right to protest.

On October 26, 2011, Ford asked the House assembly for a moment of silence to recognize the “march for justice” taking place by Occupy Chicago protestors. The request brought a rebuke from Representative Rosemary Mulligan (R) who stated that the Occupy people “are homeless people that have nowhere else to go” and “some of them are very strange people” and that they should not be honored.

Occupy Chicago was holding a march on October 26 on behalf of Scott Olson, a Iraq war veteran seriously injured by police while peacefully protesting at Occupy Oakland.

A vote is expected in the newly added day of the veto session, Tuesday, November 29.


House of Representatives General Assembly , Rep. La Shawn Ford requests moment of silence for Occupy Chicago on October 26, 2011


TRANSCRIPT FROM 10-26-11 House of Representatives General Assembly Rep. La Shawn Ford requests moment of silence for Occupy Chicago

MR. SPEAKER: Please proceed La Shawn.

REP. LA SHAWN FORD: Mr. Speaker, as elected officials I know we all have town hall meetings, and do surveys, and go door to door to hear the will of the people, and sometimes turnouts are not always what we hope them to be. But today I want to make sure that we recognize the people in Chicago who are Occupy Chicago and let them know that here in Illinois that we hear them and that we see them. And I ask that we have a moment of silence as they march for justice in Chicago.

MR. SPEAKER: Ladies and gentleman if we could have your attention please, Rep La Shawn Ford has made a motion to take a moment and Rep. Ford, staff if you could just return to the back of the chamber for a moment, if you'd like to repeat that request Representative...

[GAVEL POUNDS 3 TIMES] Representative, repeat your request please.

REP. LA SHAWN FORD: I just want to congratulate the people of OC as they march for justice for all of us. And we would like to encourage them as they continue to march peacefully in Chicago and I ask that we show them that we hear them and that we see them and we ask for a moment of silence as they continue to march for justice for all of us.


MR. SPEAKER: Rep. Rosemary Mulligan, for what purpose do you speak recognition?

REP. ROSEMARY MULLIGAN: Thank you Mr. Speaker, a point of privilege about the former representative talking about honoring the people that are marching in Chicago. Those people are organized online, as they have been for the last ten years, by people out of there, and so a lot of those people that are marching are homeless people that have nowhere else to go, they just actually, if you get mixed up in them, I've been in them in Houston ten years ago and a lot of different places, some of them are very strange people. They just pick up other people that want to protest also, but I don't think we should honor what's going on in the Chicago Loop where people work and come and go and there are a lot of other things going on there. And I don't think it is a very safe thing, so I wouldn't honor those people if it was the last thing...and certainly not on the floor of the Illinois General Assembly.

[CHEERS HEARD] MR. SPEAKER: Rep. Ford, just for a moment.

REP. LA SHAWN FORD: Just real quick, I disagree with the previous speaker because I think that it's our job to hear the will of the people and I say that regardless to what their plight is in life, we should hear from them. Thank you Mr. Speaker. [SOME CHEERS]