The Governor is out of touch. In order to pass this
bill, we need a supermajority vote of the
legislature, beginning with the House. That's 71
votes, 3/5s of the House that has to vote in favor
in order for it to pass. "No" votes are meaningless,
absentee's don't count as, only votes in favor of
the bill make any difference because we have to have
71 vote yes.
The members of the Illinois House of Representatives
are up for election by the people of Illinois every
two years. In other words, they are ALWAYS running
for reelection. They are home in their districts
nearly every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
When home, they are attending many different
functions each day, sometimes 18 hours a day. They
talk to their constituents and they have a much more
intimate relationship with their voters that a
Governor ever would.
Right now, the vote count by our team of lobbyists is
in the upper 60s to lower 70s. If the tally board
hits 71 votes when the bill is called, we expect to
see a lot of fence sitters vote in favor of the bill
so they can say they were a part of it.
The Governor, can not, and does not, have the kind of
pulse of the people of Illinois that the
Representatives have, because he can't be in all of
their districts 4 days a week talking to the people
of Illinois. There simply isn't enough of him to go
around. It would be wise, if instead of trying to
apply artificial political pressure to this bill
based on what he is being hand fed from special
interest groups, he listened to the House members
that really know how the people of Illinois feel.
To do otherwise is political folly that is sure to
follow him and those he pressures into voting
against their own constituents in the next election.
The ISRA is committed to moving this issue of family
and personal self-defense forward, and we will.
What can I do tonight and tomorrow morning? First go
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HB148 will likely be voted on sometime Thursday of
this week in the House. For the bill to pass, it's
vital to keep calling your Reps on HB148 and thank
those who support it!
Find your rep here:
In the rare event that the search tool does not work
for your address, you can call the Illinois State
Board Of Elections at 217-782-4141.
We cannot stress the importance to also call the
Speaker of the House at 773-581-8000 & 217-782-5350
and the Governor at 217-782-0244 & 312-814-2121 and
ask them to support passage of HB-148!