Chapter Update

Wednesday, June 29

NASW Illinois Chapter Announces 2011 Legislative Award

Nina Nguyen, NASW Illinois Chapter Manager of Communications

Illinois Politicians Honored for Lead Actions Taken in Repeal of Illinois Death Penalty

Chicago, IL— On March 9, 2011, Governor Pat Quinn signed into law Public Act 96-1543, the landmark legislation repealing the death penalty in Illinois. Two Illinois politicians were vital inSenator Kwame Roul getting this historic piece of legislation passed: Illinois Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago) and Illinois State Representative Karen Yarbrough (D-Maywood). As key sponsors of the bill, Senator Raoul and State Representative Yarbrough championed (and ultimately saw passed) a bill that the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter has supported yet seen fail numerous times before.

The National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter (NASW IL) is proud to give its' 2011 Legislative Award to Senator Raoul and Representative Yarbrough for their efforts in repealing the death penalty.

Rep. Karen Yarbrough"As key sponsors of the legislation, Senator Raoul and Representative Yarbrough’s efforts are consistent with social work values, and the values of this association," noted Yolanda Jordan, LCSW, president of the NASW Illinois Chapter. "The practice of capital punishment opposes one of the social work profession’s most basic beliefs—that of holding the integrity of human life and the promotion of human well-being among the highest values to which a society aspires. We are proud to see the state of Illinois join other states and countries in abolishing capital punishment and recognize that without the efforts put forth by these two politicians, this achievement could not have been had."

Senator Raoul and Representative Yarbrough will be presented with their awards at the annual 2011 NASW Illinois Chapter Statewide Social Work Conference. An evening reception will be held on November 9, 2011, from 4:00–6:00pm, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Oakbrook, Illinois.

Posted on 06/29/11 at 01:28 PM

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