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- Ban consent searches in Illinois — Throughout Illinois, there is a dramatic racial disparity in police use of so-called “consent searches” during routine traffic stops. This is shown by a decade of government data about consent searches collected and published under the Illinois Traffic Stop Statistical Study Act of 2003 (“Study Act”). Statewide, African American and Latino motorists are nearly twice as likely as white drivers to be asked during a consent search. Yet white motorists are 49% more likely than African American motorists to have contraband, and 56% more likely when compared to Latinos. Tell Governor Quinn to take a stand against racial profiling and ban consent searches.
- Ending bullying in Illinois schools – The new anti-bullying law helps schools and officials respond to bullying by creating best model policies and practices to address on-going situations. It mandates the communications that school officials need to have with parents when bullying is reported. And, it requires schools report annually about incidents of bullying and how they were addressed — without identifying the students involved. Thank Governor Quinn for signing the Anti-Bullying bill.
- Protect Location Privacy — For most of us, our smartphones and other electronic devices are integrated fully in to our lives — we couldn’t live without them! Yet few of us realize that our iPhones, tablets, and other electronic devices, have profoundly expanded the surveillance capabilities of law enforcement agencies at the expense of individual privacy. Law enforcement can access the location tracking records of these devices, including a great deal about who you are, where you go, and what you value. Senate Bill 2808 will protect privacy by requiring a court order based on probable cause of crime before law enforcement can access current or future information from an individual’s electronic device with narrow exceptions, including specific emergencies. Thank the bill sponsor, Senator Daniel Biss.
- Bar pregnancy discrimination in the workplace – No woman should lose her job — or be forced to take unpaid leave — simply because she is starting a family. Sadly, today too many pregnant workers are forced out of their jobs because they are denied temporary, reasonable work modifications — like sitting on a stool, carrying a water bottle or getting a break from lifting heavy boxes. Without these temporary accommodations, some women may place their health and pregnancies at risk. Tell Governor Quinn to sign HB 8 into law!
- It’s time for marijuana reform – Illinois should join the list of states that impose a civil fine for the possession of small amounts of marijuana. It’s a policy that makes sense because it is fair, it is likely to save the state money and a majority in the nation support reforming our marijuana laws. Tell your state representative to support marijuana reform in Illinois.
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