Unitarian Universalist Advocacy Network of Illinois

Building Community for Justice.

Illinois UUs working for meaningful social change toward justice, beloved community, and a healthy planet.


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2018 Campaigns


We are poised to join these campaigns for 2018:

  • Fair Tax Illinois

The Illinois Fair Tax is a proposed amendment to the Illinois state constitution that would change the state income tax system from a flat tax to a graduated income tax.  This campaign began in 2012 -- though defeated each election year, it has gained strength and we believe it will pass this year.  We join the Responsible Budget Coalition of Illinois.  Rally in Springfield February 14, before Governor Rauner's  budget address, then add your energy, voice and witness March 15 to May 10 when legislators will be  lining up in support of the working classes of Illinois -- or not.

  • The Love Resists Campaign of the UUA

The Love Resists campaign gathers the energy of Unitarian Universalists to support the efforts of marginalized people to raise power for equality:  Dreamers, people of color caught in the criminal justice web, people facing discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, people facing religious discrimination.  

  • Environmental Justice campaign of the Illinois Climate Table

We join forces with the Illinois Climate Table to monitor the implementation of the Future Energy Jobs Act of Illinois, passed at the end of 2016.  We will support legislation designed to enact recommendations of the FEJA.

  • The Poor People's Campaign

Challenging a cultural dynamic that supports systemic racism, poverty, and environmental injustice, working for better jobs, better homes, better education, a better day for people disenfranchised by our American world of today.   PPC has identified these targets for action this spring:

= Voter Suppression, especially as we conduct all-important mid-term elections this year, includes banning requirement of difficult-to-acquire IDs, the disenfranchisement of people with records

= Ecological Destruction, leading to water contamination, toxic neighborhoods near landfill, lead poisoning and asthma in poor communities

= Economic practices that undergird poverty, including poor wages, mass incarceration which disenfranchises a population, and inequality of taxation -- PPC will continue the Fight for 15 Movement for fair wages and the Fair Tax Campaign

=Militarism, especially the militarism of police actions and the proliferation of poorly-regulated gun ownership.

A Calendar for ACTION 2018


Here are 2018 opportunities to promote our 2018  campaign agenda:

  • May 13 - June 21:  Poor People's Campaign 40 Days of Action
    • Mon, June 18: IL Poor People’s Campaign action on our national moral narrative
      LOCAL:  Chicago 6pm Solidarity march with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, step-off at Wilson and Lakeshore Drive, march to the People's Church of Chicago (941 Lawrence Ave) for an interfaith justice revival at 7pm, with Rami Nashashibi of the Inner-city Muslim Network.  People's church has 1200 seats -- let's fill 'em up!
    • Saturday, June 23, culminating rally in Washington, D.C.


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UUANI Springfield Scorecard

UUANI advocates saw several legislative victories this spring, while some issues are still waiting for support.  Here's a scorecard for the spring session of the 100th Illinois General Assembly:

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE:  3 victories and maybe one more

  • HB4469  "Know your rights" affirms access to voting rights for pre-trial and post-incarceration people.   PASSED BOTH HOUSES May 23 and is on the governor's desk.
  • SB3388 Adult Redeploy Act expands the availability to probation-eligible people of support services such as counseling, life coaching, problem-solving courts, and other restorative justice processes.  PASSED BOTH HOUSES May 30 and is on the governor's desk.
  • HB5341  "Fair Access to Employment (F.A.T.E.)" provides that outstanding fees, fines, and court costs cannot stand int he way of determining whether someone can have their criminal record sealed.  PASSED BOTH HOUSES May 30 and is on the governor's desk.
  • HB3142  "Dont ask" disallows public institutes of higher learning from asking about criminal history on applications.  Passed House last year.  Has good support in the Senate and Judiciary Committee recommends DO PASS. 
  • HB5334 Employee Background Fairness Act is stalled in the Rules Committee of the House.  May be considered in the fall. 
  • HB4473 Juvenile justice:  Period of detention -- Right to a speedy hearing (within 24 hours) and use of detention as a last resort for juvenile offenders.  In Rules Committee since January.
  •  HB4543  Juvenile justice:  Increase the age at which detention/lock-up may be mandated from 10 years to 13 years; foster custody care to replace detention for 10-13 years.  Provides further support services.  In House Rules since April 2018.  Has some good support.

IMMIGRANT JUSTICE --  3 victories!

  • SB35:  Immigration Safe Zones -- Provides that public buildings and agencies funded by state taxes be declared areas safe for all citizens regardless of immigration status.   PASSED BOTH HOUSES May 31 and is on the governor's desk.
  • SB3488  Anti-registry Act -- Provides that agencies may not create registry lists based on discriminatory characteristics such as national origin, religion, disability, race, color, gender identity, immigration status.  PASSED BOTH HOUSES May 30 and is on the governor's desk.
  • SB34 Voices Act -- Requires law enforcement to provide visas to qualifying individuals who are survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking or other criminal activity without requiring them to jeopardize their safety as undocumented people.  PASSED BOTH HOUSES May 31 and is on governor's desk.

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE -- no victories yet

  • Say NO to SB2250 -- "Coal Bailouts" -- mandates selection of sources of electrical energy be based on economy, with coal-based facilities the cheapest resource.  In Senate RULES.  Not much support, thank you very much.
  • SB3005 Transparency -- Enables citizens to initiate and participate in administrative review of questionable permits to polluting properties.  In Senate Rules Committee.  Has some nice support and may come up in the fall.
  • SB3080 Clean Water Act --  Provides for the replacement of lead-pile infrastructure in Illinois communities.  In assignments, has good support.  Public Health committee recommended DO PASS.  May come up again in the fall.
  • SB3101 EPA Clean Air Transparency -- Provides public participation in distribution of funds through the Volkswagen Clean Air Act, seeking distribution of funds to a wide range existing community clean air programs.  Passed the Senate in April.  House is in an emending flurry.  May come up in the fall again.
  • SB3174 Fracking Transparency Act -- Allows citizens to review fracking permits and plans via the Illinois Gas and Oil Act.   Passed the Senate in April, gaining momentum in the House.  May come up again in the fall.


  • SRJCA1/HRJCA39 The Fair Tax Act -- did not get any momentum this year, but support has been building and may pass in two years. 
  • We did pass a budget (but with significantly reduced or eliminated funding for vital state services and social justice programs).

GUN SAFETY -- 2 victories

  • SB337 Gun Dealer Licensing, now Combating Illegal Gun Trafficking, PASSED BOTH HOUSES May 30 with enough votes to override a veto by the governor.
  • HB2354 "Red flag" Firearms Restraining Order -- Allows a citizen to register a lethal restraining order mandating that a citizen demonstrating real and present danger to a community be denied purchase or ownership of firearms.  PASSED BOTH HOUSES May 30 and is on the governor's desk.

AND we finally passed the ERA!

Well Done!








UUANI is supported by contributions from Unitarian Universalist individuals and congregations in Illinois, and by grants from the Fund for Unitarian Universalist Social Responsibility, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, the Chicago Area Unitarian Universalist Council, and the Illinois Environmental Council.

We are grateful for each of these forms of support!