Supporting Laws that Make Sense
Illinois Voices fights for and supports laws that MAKE SENSE, ones that actually make society safer while protecting the constitutional rights of everyone involved. We believe laws should be passed based on research and empirical evidence of what works and what does not. "Feel good" laws based on public hysteria surrounding high-profile, but rare cases waste taxpayer dollars, violate the rights of individuals, and can actually detract from public safety.
Sex Offenses & Offender Registration Task Force
Illinois Voices is supporting the Sex Offenses and Offender Registration Task Force that began meeting in December, 2016. The task force is being organized by the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA), and is being chaired by Rep. Elgie Sims, Jr. The group is made up of people representing a variety of interests, including law enforcement, treatment providers, victim’s advocates, lawmakers, and criminal justice reform organizations. More information and updates on the task force can be found on the Task Force page.
Each year, Illinois Voices monitors the activity of the Illinois General Assembly. We watch for bills pertaining to public registries and determine whether or not those bills are sound, constitutional, and effective toward the goal of eliminating sexual violence. If they are not, we actively oppose them, often asking our supporters to file Witness Slips to voice their opposition. We may also reach out to our supporters and ask them to contact their state Senator or Representative in order to voice their opposition. On our "Current Session" page, we post the bills that have been proposed during the session, provide a summary of those bills, indicate our support or opposition to those bills, and provide links to information and Witness Slips.
Previous Legislative Sessions