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2018 Advocacy Day Recap

NASW-Illinois Chapter

This past Wednesday, April 11, 2018, more than a thousand social workers and social work students traveled to Springfield for the annual NASW-Illinois Chapter Social Work Advocacy Day. One of our major bills this session, HB 5122 (Foster Youth Tuition and Fee Waivers) passed out of House Higher Education-Appropriations Committee yesterday by a vote of 14–6. You can view a video of a press conference the NASW-Illinois Chapter participated in prior to that vote, featuring Illinois State Representative Chris Welch and Illinois State Senator Cristin Castro (she is the sponsor of the senate version of the bill, SB2846) here.

I want to acknowledge the work of Kyle Hillman, the NASW-Illinois Chapter Legislative Affairs Director, for getting us to this point on this bill, as well as helping to raise our presence in Springfield. Our graduate student intern, Kathleen Miller, also assisted in some of the research on this issue that was presented during the testimony yesterday. 

Complete information about all of the legislation we were working on, as well as yesterday’s agenda, can be viewed on the NASW-Illinois Chaper Advocacy app (view the online version here).

The following schools and their attendees participated in yesterday’s activities:

  • Aurora University - 98
  • Dominican University - 153
  • Concordia University - 14
  • DePaul University - 18
  • Governors State University - 54
  • Greenville University - 8
  • Illinois State University - 102
  • Lewis University - 25
  • Loyola University Chicago - 28
  • Millikin University - 6
  • Northeastern Illinois University - 75
  • Olivet Nazarene University - 37
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale - 13
  • Trinity Christian College - 23
  • University of Chicago - 1
  • University of Illinois at Chicago - 51
  • University of Springfield - 4
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - 62
  • University of St. Francis - 39
  • Western Illinois University - 22

To continue keeping up-to-date on NASW-Illinois Chapter legislative efforts in Springfield, please sign up for Advocacy Alerts: http://naswil.org/advocacy/advocacy-alerts/

Posted on 04/13/18 at 11:30 AM

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