Archive for March, 2011

Here are some photos documenting the petition drive that was organized by members of Francis Parker School’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

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A quick update to let you all know that HB2841, the Juvenile Expungement Reform Bill, passed out of the Human Services Committee today.  Thanks to those who made calls to committee members and special thanks to Enlace Chicago which traveled to Springfield on Tuesday to meet with members to encourage them to vote the bill out of committee.

Here are the next steps:

1. We need you to call your state representatives to encourage them to support HB2841.  Drop by their offices, write them letters, and make calls.

2. Complete the online petition to add your name to the supporters of this bill.  Also get your friends to sign on too.

3. Talk to your friends, family, and neighbors about the importance and value of juvenile expungement reform.

4. Organize an educational event about juvenile expungement in your community.

Special Thanks to the Following Organizations who have signed on as supporters of this bill:

Juvenile Justice Initiative

PTA of Illinois

ACLU of Illinois

DLA Piper

Enlace Chicago

Project NIA

Chicago Metropolis 2020

Loyola Civitas ChildLaw Center

Violence Prevention Collaborative

Child Care Association of Illinois

John Howard Association

MAGIC, Inc.

Alliance of the Southeast

Alianza Leadership Institute

Sankofa Safe Child Initiative

Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia, 7th District

Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

Chicago Urban League

CLAIM (Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers)

BUILD, Inc.

Gender JUST

James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy

Free Write Jail Arts & Literacy Program

Chicago Midwest Section, National Council of Negro Women

Knight of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary Count 143

Safer Foundation

Beyondmedia Education

Illinois Safe Schools Alliance

Health & Medicine Policy Research Group

Logan Square Neighborhood Association

Special Thanks to Meaghan Conlisk of Enlace Chicago for creating this useful visual representation why we need juvenile expungement reform:You can download a copy of this handout here.

HB2841 (Clear Up Juvenile Records Act) will have another hearing this time in front of the House Human Services Committee on Thursday, March 16th at 8:00 a.m.

The Committee members need to hear from you about your support for this bill.  You will find all relevant information here.

Human Services Committee Members to Call:

SCRIPT: I am calling to express my support of HB 2841 A New Start (Clear Up Juvenile Records) and urge you to do so as well to provide our community’s youth with a barrier free future to reinvest their skills into the communities and be a positive and productive member of our society.

Chairperson: Greg Harris (D)

(217) 782-3835

(773) 348-3434

Vice-Chairperson: Constance A. Howard (D)

(217) 782-6476

(773) 783-8800

Republican Spokesperson: Patricia R. Bellock (R)

(217) 782-1448

(630) 852-863

Naomi D. Jakobsson (D)

(217) 558-1009

(217) 373-5000

Annazette Collins (D)

(217) 782-8077

(773) 533-0010

Mary E. Flowers (D)

(217) 782-4207

(773) 471-5200

Deborah Mell (D)

(217) 782-8117

(773) 267-2880

Sandy Cole (R)

(217) 782-7320

(847) 543-0062

Timothy L. Schmitz  (R)

(217) 782-5457

(630) 845-9590

Norine Hammond (R)

(217) 782-0416

(309) 836-270

JoAnn Osmond (R)

(217) 782-8151

(847) 838-6200

Please also sign the Collaborative for Juvenile Expungement Reform’s online petition.

Students from Francis Parker School’s Students For Sensible Drug Policy Chapter supported the UN-marked Campaign during their Day of Action on March 4th. They wrote letters to IL legislators. Here is an example of one letter written by a student:

Students from Francis Parker School in Chicago spent their Day of Action supporting the UN-marked Campaign. We thank Jeanne Barr and the students from the Francis Parker chapter of Students For Sensible Drug Policy for collecting signatures to petition legislators to support a juvenile expungement reform law, for writing letters to their legislators and for participating in the 6 Word Campaign.

You can see examples of the 6 Word Campaign on YouTube.