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Guest Post: IL SB193

The following is a re-blog from Illinois State Representative Sara Feigenholtz

SB 193 was the one bill waiting for the Governors signature and I am grateful that he signed it.

The stories we heard this year—of losing children in the system awakened many legislators whose lives once hung in the balance when they were small children.

Born of these stories, was the Child Welfare Caucus. SB193 was our first caucus bill.

SB 193 says that the decision about whether a child stays in the home or not should be based solely on the best interest of the child standard, the facts, and what is going on in the home.

No decision should be colored by any perverse financial incentive to the contractor, either way. SB 193 prohibits all contractual or individual incentives. Period.

The second part of the new law requires the Division of Child Protection to review a random sample of investigations from the field to improve communication, create a system of checks, balances and accountability to assure the right decisions are being made and to implement necessary systemic reforms.

We can all improve workplace performance and I know DCFS is committed to doing that. SB193 is the legislatures way of weighing in on our expectations of the agency and helping them set a new course.

Hat tip to the Child Welfare Caucus— a mighty army committed to change.

Representative Sara Feigenholtz represents Illinois’ 12th District, which includes Lakeview, Lincoln Park, Buena Park and Near North.

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Bash Before The Brunch

Save the date for our 2nd annual “Bash Before the Brunch” event, the night before the Illinois Democrat County Chairperson’s host, Speaker Nancy Pelosi at their big brunch.

Join the Illinois Democratic Women as we celebrate a year of hard work, change, and looking forward to electing even more Democrats to office in 2020, including a new President.

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“Women in Blue” Legislative Day at the Capitol

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Lobby Day Itinerary

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IDW Applauds Illinois Anti-Harassment, Equality and Access Panel Efforts

Illinois Democratic Women applauds the efforts of the Illinois Anti-Harassment, Equality & Access Panel to provide a roadmap for all political parties and campaigns to address all types of harassment in the workplace. We are also grateful for their efforts to highlight the necessity of more women running for office in Illinois so that all our systems of government are equally represented by women and men.


By listening to women across this state tell their stories of discrimination and harassment in the political workplace, State Comptroller Susana Mendoza, State Senator Melinda Bush and State Representative Carol Ammons have created a report that leads the way to identifying necessary reforms that will mean more women have a seat at the table in making meaningful decisions that affect us all primarily by electing more women to office in Illinois and promoting more women to leadership positions.


The AHEA report asks that all parties –


  • Commit to a concrete goal of women filling 50% of the seats in Illinois’ General Assembly
  • Hire a manager-level Director of Diversity in the state parties to recruit more diverse candidates to run for elected office and for top-level staff positions
  • Invest party money in training women, developing their talent and supporting their races and promoting women into leadership positions in campaigns and political organizations
  • Require diversity in the pool of applicants or candidates considered for every political vacancy and leadership position (including people of color, LGBTQ, and people with disabilities)
  • Establish an Advisory Board to oversee these changes


Illinois Democratic Women stands ready to be a partner in these efforts and looks forward to the dialogue that this ground-breaking report will create as we look towards a future where women hold an equal number of political positions as men and the diversity of our leadership reflects all our communities.


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IDW Bash Before the Brunch – 2018

We’re excited to announce we’ll be honoring AG Lisa Madigan at the Bash! Join us with JB Pritzker, Juliana Stratton, Susana Mendoza and many others to celebrate our fantastic retiring AG and all the Democratic women running for office in Illinois!!

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Special Guests:
Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Comptroller Susana Mendoza
State Rep. Juliana Stratton
JB Pritzker

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IUOE Local 520
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
Congressman Bill Foster
Illinois Treasurer Mike Frerichs

2018 Candidates – Statewide

The Democratic Party is on the correct side of history, the correct side of issues and the correct side of values.

We need a Blue Wave this November to get the country back on track to moving forward.

The Blue Wave won’t just happen, it will take work.

Please consider connecting with one or more of our great Statewide candidates to ensure they win in November.

Below our 2018 Democratic Statewide Candidates are listed.

Note: Incumbents are bolded

Governor / Lt. Governor
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Attorney General
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Secretary of State
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