Vote! Illinois voter registration:
Assistance and information on how to register to vote:
Find your legislators and learn about them:
Participate in statewide committees:
See the separate tab for a list and description of committees of interest.
Oftentimes, the legislature and state agencies will convene subject-matter committees and hearings on specific topics (such as mental health) and look for organizations or individuals to provide expertise. We would love to engage more of the membership in these opportunities. Don’t worry, it’s not as hard or intimidating as it may seem we would assist in preparing whoever is interested.
Respond to calls to action:
- Contact your legislators on issues that are important to you
- Support or oppose legislation, which is called “slipping.”
- Comment on administrative rules. Once legislation is passed, state agencies are required to write administrative rules, which elaborate the requirements of a law or policy. State agencies must post draft rules for public comment and feedback before they are officially adopted. Any individual or organization may post public comments.
- Participate in yearly Advocacy Days in Springfield. Sign up for our listserv to hear when these occur.
Request an Advocacy 101 training.
Are you or your organization interested in an Advocacy 101 workshop? Many of the organizations represented on our committee provide these, so please reach out to be connected.
We will be posting materials soon on how to do each of these things, but in the meantime, sign up for the ILAIMH listserv to hear about actions to take.