ICIRR 2023 Policy Platform
In the fall of 2022, ICIRR member organizations held a series of community meetings with their grassroots leaders to determine our coalition's policy priorities for the upcoming year. Collectively, ICIRR members ratified our 2023 policy platform and publicly announced it in October 2022.
Since January 2023, ICIRR members have organized in support of our 2023 pro-immigrant platform. They’ve met with legislators in their districts and in Springfield. Along the way, our members empowered grassroots leaders to show their POWER in the legislative process.
This year's wins include:
Immigrant Services Line Item
$38 million allocated for the Immigrant Services Line Item, which includes essential public benefits assistance; necessary cash assistance for immigrant families; citizenship and DACA application assistance; and ongoing case management support for Afghan, Ukrainian, and southern border arrivals.
Driver's Licenses and State IDs for ALL (HB 3882)
HB 3882, Driver's Licenses and State IDs for ALL (lead sponsors: Rep. Barbara Hernandez & Sen. Ram Villivalam), will make standard driver’s licenses and state IDs available for all Illinois residents, regardless of immigration status.
On June 30, 2023, Governor Prtizker signed HB 3882 into law. HB 3882 will go into effect on July 1, 2024.
Protect Illinoisans from Unfair Medical Debt (HB 2719)
HB 2719, Protect Illinoisans from Unfair Medical Debt (lead sponsors: Rep. Dagmara Avelar & Sen. Robert Peters), will prevent medical debt by requiring that uninsured community members be screened for eligibility for healthcare programs or financial assistance.
On July 28, 2023, Governor Pritzker signed HB 2719 into law. HB 2719 will go into effect on January 1, 2024.
In case you missed it, read our full report Crisis in the Shadows: Medical Debt in Illinois.