Public Policy Action

AAUW’s policy work connects and rallies advocates at the local, state, national, and global levels to empower women and girls. We use lobbying and grassroots efforts to push forward policies that break through educational and economic barriers for women. AAUW’s Public Policy Priorities, adopted every two years by member vote, establish the federal action issues on which AAUW members across the country focus advocacy efforts.

One Job – Stop Gun Violence

In June, the Illinois House reconvened and passed HB 562. This bill addresses Illinois’ gun violence epidemic that continues to threaten the lives of children across our state. HB562 (click here HB-562-General-Fact-Sheet)
is a bill that will save lives and promote equity by:
– Expanding background checks to all gun sales in Illinois and make sure that records of all private sales done with a background check are kept for 20 years;
– Giving 9 million dollars to fund community based mental health programs in the communities most impacted by gun violence;
Allowing the Illinois State Police to remove guns from people who have had their FOID card revoked but not surrendered their gun; doubles the amount of funds for this purpose;
Incentivizing the collection of fingerprints for FOID cards.
This bill makes progress on reducing gun violence and expanding background checks. It includes establishing a database of repeat violent offenders so law enforcement officials can easily identify them and they can be prevented from purchasing guns.

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Illinois delegation of AAUW members at ERA Rally Day.

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