Sample Letter

This is a sample to get you started with an email or letter to your Legislator. (Click The Red Button to the left to find your Legislators).  Cut and paste this into your letter or email. Personalize it with your own thoughts, ideas, and recommendations. Make a personal comment if you have met your Legislator to help them know that you are someone who votes for them or not.

Dear Illinois Policymaker,

First, I want to tell you how much I appreciate your commitment to the work of the people of Illinois.

I’m writing because I’m very concerned about my fellow citizens of Illinois who depend on the help we give to them through the Department of Human Services. I’m concerned because the proposed tax cuts will, if passed, hurt real people. These are people with developmental disabilities and mental illness who are not fully able to care for themselves. These are fellow citizens who count on us for homes, food, community programs, and so many other supports that make life even possible.

There is no doubt that we need budget reform in Illinois. We all recognize that we are in difficult times. I have to say that I believe that we need to get our priorities straight as we work on this problem. Taking services from those who are most vulnerable among us and who have no voice of their own in what happens to them seems to me to be a tragedy. Thousands of people are being directly affected. In some cases, people will have no choice but to live on the streets. In other cases, people will be displaced from their normal lives into a life of bouncing from service to service.

I’m hopeful that our humanity and compassion will prevail as we make these difficult decisions. I’m asking you to please do everything you can to pass a pay increase for Direct Care Professionals. They, and those they serve, have no voice other than yours and mine. If we don’t step up and do the right thing on their behalf, I believe that we are not only letting them down, but also shortchanging ourselves for not doing the morally right thing.

Thank you for your consideration. Please put me on your mailing list for any information about this issue. Let me know if there are ways I can further support you in this effort.




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