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Illinois Women to March on Springfield

Lawmakers are being asked to advance progressive legislation at the Capitol on Tuesday. (era.org)
Lawmakers are being asked to advance progressive legislation at the Capitol on Tuesday. (era.org)
April 24, 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Women will be making their voices heard at the state Capitol Tuesday.

The Illinois Women March on Springfield is being held to bring attention to the lack of a state budget, equal pay, and immigration and LGBTQ issues.

March organizer Tracy Baim says women and minority groups will likely experience some setbacks from the federal government, so it's important to tell state lawmakers about what matters most to them now.

"Illinois, being one of the few blue states in the Midwest, we knew that it was critical for us to keep these issues in the forefront on a state basis because we can at least hold back some of the changes, including on Medicare, other things that we can push and fight for,” she states. “This is a really, really important time to hold the line."

Baim says march participants want to get several messages to Illinois lawmakers, including the need for a fair and balanced budget, equal pay and treatment for women and minority groups, and House Bill 40, which repeals a trigger provision in the Illinois abortion law. It confirms that abortion will remain legal in Illinois even if the U.S. Supreme Court rolls back Roe v. Wade.

Baim says the momentum started with the election of President Donald Trump, then the nationwide women's marches that followed in January. She says it's important for people to make their voices heard even if they can't attend public events such as this one.

"We've printed thousands of pink postcards for people to send into their rep (representative), or to hand deliver in Springfield, so people have been hosting parties where they're filling these cards out to send to their senators and representatives."

Tuesday's event starts at noon in front of the Lincoln statue. There will be a march around the Capitol, then participants will go inside the statehouse to talk to lawmakers. A rally will follow at around 2:30 p.m.


Veronica Carter, Public News Service - IL