Due to the pandemic, individuals are encouraged to vote early or by mail to minimize crowds and long waits on Election Day. Those who request vote-by-mail ballots have options for how to drop them off. Local Boards of Election throughout Illinois are setting up secure ballot drop boxes for those who would prefer not to mail in their ballots. Voters can visit the Illinois State Board of Elections’ website to find their nearest ballot drop box location.
On Thursday, the CCH Associate Board will host Pour Over Your Ballot, an educational happy hour to inform Illinois voters about the Fair Tax. Organized by the Associate Board’s Advocacy Committee, in partnership with The Night Ministry’s Associate Board and Good Government Illinois, this virtual event will be held from 6 – 7 p.m. and will provide a deep-dive into Illinois’ tax structure. Voters will leave the event with a better understanding of the question that will appear on their ballot, the effects that it would have if passed, and some history to explain how we got to this point. The event will feature a panel of experts and grassroots leaders who will present the case for why Illinoisans should vote yes on the Fair Tax question. Register to attend here.
On September 24, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless hosted its first virtual gala, No Place Like Home: Celebrating 40 Years of Advocacy. Through generous sponsorships, including lead sponsors Baker McKenzie and JP Morgan, individual contributions, and the proceeds of an online auction, the event raised more than $225,000 to support CCH’s mission to prevent and end homelessness. Supporters of CCH were treated to an online program that featured testimonials about the scope and impact of our work, as well as music from DJ Gemini Jones and a one woman rendition of the Wizard of Oz in under five minutes by Molly Brennan.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s eviction moratorium is set to expire Saturday, October 17, if he does not issue another order continuing it. Without this state protection against evictions, Illinoisans will be relying on the federal moratorium. Announced by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) at the beginning of this month, the federal moratorium will halt most evictions of qualified tenants through December 31, 2020. The CDC-issued moratorium has fewer protections than previous Illinois moratoria. It is imperative that Illinois tenants understand these changes.
Horizons Creative Writing Outreach welcomed participants, grassroots leaders, staff and board to attend its annual writers showcase virtually this year. Our September 1 event, held via Zoom, featured original poetry read by grassroots leaders with lived experience of homelessness and their children. Horizons is a creative writing outreach program offered at family shelters, facilitated by Special Projects Organizer Claudia Cabrera. Twice-a-month sessions involve more than 100 people a year. The afternoon program featured eight writers, and was emceed by grassroots leader Edrika Fulford.