As a former mayor and governor, Governor Palin is keenly aware of the importance of being involved in local government. For all that is happening with our federal government--from sequestration to aiding rebels in Syria-- it is also important to remain engaged at a local and state level. In Illinois specifically, our state legislature is discussing some very important issues right now. Additionally, there are local school board races throughout the state and a special election in our second congressional district on the horizon.
While we still want to remain engaged with what is going on with our federal government, we also want to re-affirm our commitment to truly being engaged on a "prairieroots" level in our state and local governments. In the coming days, as part of this re-affirmation on more local issues, Illinois4Palin's blog will highlight pension reform, gun control, and gay marriage legislation to help inform Illinoisans of the issues at stake so that we all can take appropriate action. Illinois's pension system is the most poorly funded in the country which has lead to multiple credit downgrades. Lawmakers are continuing to wrestle with legislation to reform this mess of a system. Recently, an appeals court rejected an appeal by attorney general Lisa Madigan to overturn a lower court's decision that would require Illinois to implement concealed carry legislation.Now, the Illinois general assembly is discussion gun legislation that would allow concealed carry of guns, but with extreme restrictions. Legislators are also working on same sex marriage legislation. The implementation of civil union legislation in recent years has proven to be an assault on faith based social service organizations. Regardless of one's stance on same sex marriage, it is imperative that the same assault on religious liberties that occurred with civil union legislation is not repeated if same sex marriage legislation is passed.
Please stay tuned for these upcoming posts with information on proposed legislation and how you can make your voice heard. In the coming weeks and months, we will highlight other legislative issues, political discussions of local interest, and important political races. If you have anything in particular that you would like to see highlighted or if you would like to contribute a post to the blog, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crossposted from Illinois4Palin.