Category - Policy & Advocacy

Take Action with ICOY

Take action with ICOY in our advocacy efforts by joining our Quick Response Network (QRN). Members of the QRN learn about different advocacy options on policies that impact children, youth, and families.  

ICOY believes in taking action for policies that impact children, youth, and families on both a state and federal level. By taking part in the QRN, participants will receive timely requests to contact lawmakers with support or opposition on policy issues affecting the lives of children and their families.  

During the legislative session, we rely on the QRN to take timely advocacy steps on important issues that impact children, youth, and families. By receiving updates, participants may be expected to:  

  • Call your Representative or Senator by phone or email with provided talking points 
  • Email your Representative or Senator with provided talking points 
  • File a witness slip, as a proponent or in opposition, on a specific bill 
  • Add organization(s) to a collective voice addressing important federal or state issues that impact children, youth, and families. See below for advocacy opportunities.  

Advocacy Opportunities:

Champion Bills

HB2379 (Human Services Professional Loan Repayment)

ICOY and Illinois Partner for Human Service legislation, Human Services Professional Loan Repayment - Appropriations, has been assigned to a Subject Matter hearing on March 23rd in the Appropriations - Higher Education Committee at 8:00 AM. Take action and file a witness slip for HB2379 in support as a Proponent (Record of Appearance Only).

For more information, please see the policy & advocacy toolkits and other resources!

Unsure of how to file a witness slip? Follow these steps:

  1. Click on the above buttons.
  2. Fill out your information.
  3. Press next button - this takes you to the Witness Slip page.
  4. Fill out the form with your information. If you do not represent a firm or organization, please write 'self.'
  5. To indicate your position for the bill, please click “Proponent" OR "Opponent."
  6. For testimony - if you are just filing a slip (not testifying in person or submitting oral testimony), choose "Record of Appearance Only".
  7. To submit the slip, click the button "create slip".

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