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Advocacy Day – March 2nd 2011

Prairie Capital Convention Center

1 Convention Center Plaza

Springfield, IL 62701

Advocacy Day 2011 will take place at the Prairie Capital Convention Center on Wednesday  March 2nd in Springfield Illinois. We will have an expected attendance of over 800 social workers and students coming from across the state that attended a 1/2 day of educational seminars on lobbying in the state of Illinois.

Participants will spend the afternoon at the Capital lobbying for the NASW IllinoisChapter Legislative Agenda and/or issues important to them. Each participant will receive an Advocacy Day packet complete with legislative materials and tip sheets on lobbying. (See the links to the below for more information)

* Advocacy Day is a ZERO profit event for the chapter, in that any fee that is is charged is based on the costs to present the event including catered continental breakfast, printing/folder fees, and space/speaker fees.

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Advocacy Day Event Fee: $12.00 online or $15.00 by mail (Online fee increases to $18.00 after February 11th, 2010)

2010 Elections Wrap Up – How did NASW endorsed candidates perform

The first elections of the first decade of the 21st are now history. And if you on the NASW PAC Illinois website, then you probably  spent the evening channel surfing or website surfing to find the latest results, or to catch the latest pundit pontificate on this very expensive and volatile election.  Or maybe you spent your day knocking on doors for the candidate of your choice.  That was how I spent my day, along with Kyle Hillman canvassing for NASW PAC Illinois endorsed candidate for the Illinois State House of Representatives Daniel Biss.  There is something so simple yet empowering about reminding people to vote.  It also reinforces Standard 6.04 of our Code of Ethics regarding Social and Political Action – namely that “social workers should engage in social and political action that seeks to ensure that all people have equal access to the resources, employment, services and opportunities they require to meet their basic human needs and to develop fully.”  This feeling of empowerment is no different than the first election I worked on in 1976 as a high school senior working for independent Democrat Congressman Abner Mikva.  Although as you can see from this dated photo in the following link,  this writer is considerably older and not as thin! http://www.dailynewschicago.com/lincolnwood/?currentPage=3

How did our PAC’s endorsed candidates do? How did are federally endorsed candidates do?     The following is breakdown as of our endorsed candidates:

Governor

Cook County Board President

Senate

House

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NASW Illinois Chapter PAC Endorses Governor Pat Quinn for Governor

National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter Political Action Committee Endorses Governor Pat Quinn for Governor

More than any other race in Illinois, the 2010 Illinois gubernatorial race presents two very different visions for the state of Illinois in how it will approach the funding of the human services sector and ultimately the fate of the state’s less fortunate. After speaking with both candidates, the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter (NASW IL) Political Action Committee (PAC) announces its strong endorsement of Governor Pat Quinn.

The greatest issue facing the next governor is without question how to deal with the revenue shortfall and the structural deficit in the Illinois state budget. Senator Bill Brady’s proposal to cut all services to Illinois citizens by 10% across the board, without regard of its impact, either shows a complete lack of understanding of the realities of the state budget, or a callous approach regarding the needs of Illinois.

When asked about his budget proposal during his candidate interview, Senator Brady replied, “Like the state, people on assistance are going to have to reimagine themselves.” While this may make for a quick campaign sound bite, that statement alone reflects the lack of recognition and understanding Senator Brady has about the very real needs of the people of Illinois and how vital certain types of state assistance is to those who are less fortunate.

Is Senator Brady going to tell an abused mother seeking assistance to get out of an abusive relationship that she needs to reimagine herself? Is Senator Brady going to tell the foster child requiring mental health services to just reimagine him- or herself and that everything will be fine? How about our state’s out-of-work families, aging population, veterans, and the hundreds of thousands of other people who rely on state assistance—is Senator Brady serious that all these individuals need to reimagine themselves? Social workers understand what is takes for those less fortunate to raise themselves out of adversity. And it goes well beyond reimagining oneself.

The NASW IL PAC recognizes that there will need to be a comprehensive approach to solving the state’s budget crisis. Gutting an already stretched-too-thin human services budget, when more and more Illinois families are reluctantly turning to the state to keep their families fed and their heat on—seems unconscionable.

The NASW Code of Ethics notes that “…the primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed and living in poverty.” To accomplish the mission, the state requires a leader who understands the needs of the less fortunate.

We strongly believe that the only logical, responsible, and humane approach to the Illinois state budget crisis is a comprehensive budget approach that will look at better efficiencies in government as well as increased revenue. This is an approach Governor Pat Quinn strongly supports and an approach that will best serve the people of Illinois.

Governor Quinn has also shown his ability to support policies that will positively impact Illinois citizens across the state. He has already gotten to work implementing the Affordable Care Act in Illinois, making access to physical and behavioral health care a reality for Illinois citizens. Governor Quinn has supported important nursing home reform in Illinois and is committed to making sure choices in care are available. Governor Quinn understands the enormous challenges and potential sacrifices that lay ahead for Illinois. But he also understands that overcoming those challenges can be carried out humanely and responsibly.

NASW IL PAC is the nonpartisan political arm of the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter. As a political action committee, the NASW IL PAC endorses and financially contributes to candidates from any party who support NASW’s policy agenda. The NASW Illinois Chapter is the largest professional association of social workers in the state of Illinois numbering over 7,000 members.

ELECTION 2010 – EARLY VOTE NOW!

Election 2010 has begun. You can already request an Absentee ballot, and today marks the start of early voting across the great State of Illinois.  Any registered voter can participate, you just need a valid driver’s license, state issued ID card, or another government issued ID card with a photograph. You no longer need a reason why you are early voting…just go and vote. To find your nearest early voting location click here.
Voting is easier than ever, and by casting a vote today, you can help our endorsed candidates on the ballot by giving the campaign one less person to contact on Election Day. Early voting will also free you up to spend the day helping us Get Out The Vote.

Without question cuts to Human Services are coming, the question you have to ask yourself is who do you want to make those cuts? We want candidates who understand the value of human services and the value that social workers provide. The only way to make sure these candidates win is to make sure social workers TURNOUT to vote.  We need you to cast your vote TODAY for our slate of Democrats and Republicans who support our social work legislative agenda.  

See a list of candidates the NASW IL PAC has endorsed for the 2010 elections by clicking here.
You can also see our 2010 Election Guide at http://il.socialworkers.capwiz.com/election/home/
Thank you for making the social worker’s voice heard.

NASW IL PAC

NASW IL PAC ENDORSES TONI PRECKWINKLE

NASW ILLINOIS POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE ENDORSES
PRECKWINKLE FOR COOK COUNTY BOARD PRESIDENT

Chicago, IL— Citing her commitment to all citizens of Cook County and her desire to fix the county government while paying attention to the needs of the county’s less fortunate, the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter (NASW IL) Political Action Committee (PAC) has announced its endorsement of Toni Preckwinkle for Cook County Board President.

In an election where state and county candidates are willing to decimate human services in order to balance their respective budgets, the NASW Illinois PAC finds Toni Preckwinkle’s careful and empathetic approach to Cook County issues to be refreshing and innovative.

“Toni Preckwinkle is a leader that the citizens of Cook County need. An effective, proven legislator, she will work to ensure that county health services are efficient and effective, that vital human services are supported throughout the county, and that social workers will play a part in providing these vital services,” noted NASW Illinois PAC Chair Joe Harper.

NASW IL PAC is the nonpartisan political arm of the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter. As a political action committee, the NASW IL PAC endorses and financially contributes to candidates from any party who support NASW’s policy agenda. The NASW Illinois Chapter is the largest professional association of social workers in the state of Illinois numbering over 7,000 members. Over 3,000 NASW IL members work in Cook County alone.

If you would like to schedule an interview regarding the NASW Illinois PAC endorsements, please contact, NASW IL PAC, at pac@naswilpac.org .



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