BASTARD NATION ACTION ALERT FOR ILLINOIS

BASTARD NATION: THE ADOPTEE RIGHTS ORGANIZATION

P.O. Box 1469

Edmond, OK 73083-1469

415-479-3741

www.bastards.org

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ILLINOIS ACTION ALERT

URGE THE ILLINOIS HOUSE TO VOTE NO ON HB4623.

HB 4623, sponsored by Representative Sara Feigenholtz, is a dangerous bill and must be voted down. Sometime during the month of April, the Illinois House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on HB4623. We do not know what day the bill will get to the House floor, so we must ACT IMMEDIATELY in order to let our voices be heard. {Please see easy Contact Information below}

IF PASSED INTO LAW, HB 4623 WOULD…

…..give birth parents 6 months after the bill is passed to file “Denial of Information” forms with the Adoption Registry. Any adoptee whose birth parent files a “Denial of Information” form will NOT receive an original birth certificate. This section includes a 6 month advertising campaign to let birthmothers know their choices.

…..define three different classes of adult adoptees, those born before 1946, those born between January 1, 1946 and January 2009, and all prospective adoptions.

…..give all prospective birth parents 21 years in which to file a Denial of Information Form. Current law requires them to file a denial within 6 months.

…..give birth parents 5 options that range from contact to anonymity to choose from.

…..permit redacting ( or whiting-out) an official document.

…..codify “anonymity” for the first time.

…..make all of the birth parent options go through the Illinois Adoption Registry where the concerns are related to searching rather than to civil rights.

…..allow for the possibility of adoptees receiving copies of birth certificates with birth parent names removed as well as the adoptee’s name.

…..grant access veto powers to birth parents who relinquished all legal rights to the adoptee as a child.

PLEASE E-MAIL, WRITE, CALL, or FAX THE MEMBERS OF THE ILLINOIS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IMMEDIATELY. TELL THEM THAT HB4623 IS A SERIOUSLY FLAWED BILL WHICH MUST BE VOTED DOWN SO THAT A TRUE ADOPTEE RIGHTS BILL CAN BE WRITTEN AND FILED IN ITS PLACE.

WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT THE BILL NEEDS 70+ VOTES IN ORDER TO PASS OUT OF THE HOUSE. WE MUST PUT AN END TO IT RIGHT IN THE HOUSE WHERE IT BEGAN!

Background

HB 4623 began back in January as a shell bill purportedly to make changes to the IL CI system. On Monday, March 10th, Rep. Feigenholtz announced her new OBC search bill, HB 4623. On Tuesday, March 12, the shell bill was transformed into the new 77 page OBC search bill. On Wednesday, March 13th, the new bill went straight to the House Adoption Reform Committee, of which Rep. Feigenholtz just happens to be chair. That very same day, the committee voted 8-1 vote to pass the bill. The new 77 page bill was only put up on the IL website hours before the hearing so there was no time for interested parties to testify. No wonder the committee passed the bill; even they didn’t have time to read all 77 pages.

This bill has been rejected by many adoption reform coalitions, including Illinois Open.

The 77 page complete text of the bill is at

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/fulltext.asp?DocName=&SessionId=51&GA=95&DocTypeId=HB&DocNum=4623&GAID=9&LegID=35302&SpecSess=&Session=

Bastard Nation: www.bastards.org

Illinois Open My Space http://www.myspace.com/illlinoisopen

Illinois Open web page http://www.ilopen.org

Adoption Reform Illinois Resource Page: HB 4623 opposition coalition letter to legislators and media http://www.73adoptee.com/2008%20open%20letter.pdf

Points of Contact for those legislators:

Edward Acevedo – District 2

Springfield, IL 62706 Chicago, IL 60609

(217) 782-2855 (773) 843-1200

(217) 557-5148 (FAX) (773) 843-9500 (FAX)

eacevedo@hdsmail.state.il.us

Luis Arroyo – District 3

264 S Stratton Bldg 4150 West Armitage Ave

Springfield, IL 62706 Chicago, IL 60639

(217) 782-0480 (773) 292-0202

(217) 557-9609 (FAX) (773) 292-1903 (FAX)

Repdistrict3@yahoo.com

Suzanne Bassi – District 54

211-N Stratton Office Building 331 W. Northwest Highway

Suite 102

Springfield, IL 62706 Palatine, IL 60067

(217) 782-8026 (847) 776-1880

(217) 782-5257 (FAX) (847) 776-1925 (FAX)

repbassi@aol.com

Mark H. Beaubien, Jr. – District 52

314 Capitol Building 124-A E. Liberty Street

Springfield, IL 62706 Wauconda, IL 60084

(217) 782-1517 (847) 487-5252

(217) 782-7012 (FAX) (847) 487-0956 (FAX)

strepmbeaubien@aol.com

Daniel V. Beiser – District 111

281-S Stratton Office Building 528 Henry St.

Springfield, IL 62706 Alton, IL 62002

(217) 782-5996 (618) 465-5900

(217) 558-0493 (FAX) (618) 465-5150 (FAX)

Patricia R. Bellock – District 47

227-N Stratton Office Building 1 S. Cass Ave.

Westmont Centre, Suite 205

Springfield, IL 62706 Westmont, IL 60559

(217) 782-1448 (630) 852-8633

(217) 782-2289 (FAX) (630) 852-6530 (FAX)

rep@pbellock.com

Maria Antonia Berrios – District 39

200-3S Stratton Office Building 2058 N. Western Ave.

Springfield, IL 62706 Chicago, IL 60647

(217) 558-1032 (773) 235-3939

(217) 558-7112 (FAX) (773) 278-2541 (FAX)

rep_berrios@yahoo.com

Bob Biggins – District 41

207-N Stratton Office Building 114 W. Valette

Springfield, IL 62706 Elmhurst, IL 60126

(217) 782-6578 (630) 941-1278

(217) 782-5257 (FAX) (630) 941-1285 (FAX)

bobbiggins@comcast.net

William B. Black – District 104

314 Capitol Building 7 E. Fairchild

Springfield, IL 62706 Danville, IL 61832

(217) 782-4811 (217) 431-1986

(217) 782-1873 (FAX) (217) 431-2088 (FAX)

wbblack@cooketech.net

Mike Boland – District 71

243-E Stratton Office Building 4416 River Drive

Springfield, IL 62706 Moline, IL 61265

(217) 782-3992 (309) 736-3360

(217) 782-5201 (FAX) (309) 736-3478 (FAX)

ilrepmikeboland@aol.com

Mike Bost – District 115

202-N Stratton Office Building 300 E. Main

Springfield, IL 62706 Carbondale, IL 62951

(217) 782-0387 (618) 457-5787

(217) 557-0571 (FAX) (618) 457-2990 (FAX)

mikebost@midwestmail.com

John E. Bradley – District 117

265-S Stratton Office Building 501 W. DeYoung, Suite 5

Springfield, IL 62706 Marion, IL 62959

(217) 782-1051 (618) 997-9697

(217) 782-0882 (FAX) (618) 997-9807 (FAX)

Richard T. Bradley – District 40

286-S Stratton Office Building 3520 North Pulaski Road

Springfield, IL 62706 Chicago, IL 60641

(217) 782-8117 (773) 794-9444

(217) 558-6369 (FAX) (773) 794-9450 (FAX)

rbradley@hdsmail.state.il.us

Dan Brady – District 88

200-8N Stratton Office Building 202 N. Prospect

Suite 203

Springfield, IL 62706 Bloomington, IL 61704

(217) 782-1118 (309) 662-1100

(217) 558-6271 (FAX) (309) 662-1150 (FAX)

dan@rep-danbrady.com

Rich Brauer – District 100

1128-E Stratton Office Building 1128-E Stratton Office Building

Springfield, IL 62706 Springfield, IL 62706

(217) 782-0053 (217) 782-0053

(217) 782-0897 (FAX) (217) 782-0897 (FAX)

rbrauerr@housegopmail.state.il.us

James D. Brosnahan – District 36

277-S Stratton Office Building 5311 W. 95th St.

Springfield, IL 62706 Oak Lawn, IL 60453

(217) 782-0515 (708) 499-2810

(217) 789-4899 (FAX) (708) 499-3991 (FAX)

JBROSNAHAN@PRODIGY.net

Daniel J. Burke – District 23

233-E Stratton Office Building 2650 W. 51st Street

Springfield, IL 62706 Chicago, IL 60632

(217) 782-1117 (773) 471-2299

(217) 782-0927 (FAX) (773) 471-1648 (FAX)

burekdj@legis.state.il.us

Linda Chapa LaVia – District 83

235-E Stratton Office Building 8 E. Galena Blvd. Suite 240

Springfield, IL 62706 Aurora, IL 60506

(217) 558-1002 (630) 264-6855

(217) 782-0927 (FAX) (630) 264-6752 (FAX)

Chapa-laviali@legis.state.il.us

Franco Coladipietro – District 45

222-N Stratton Office Bldg 126 W. Lake Street

Springfield, IL 62706 Bloomingdale, IL 60108

(217) 782-8158 (630) 582-0045

Sandy Cole – District 62

208 N Stratton Office Bldg 137 South Center

Suite 2

Springfield, IL 62706 Grayslake, IL 60030

(217) 782-7320 (847) 543-0062

(217) 782-1275 (FAX) (847) 543-8862 (FAX)

Annazette Collins – District 10

262-W Stratton Office Building 259 North Pulaski Road

Springfield, IL 62706 Chicago, IL 60624

(217) 782-8077 (773) 533-0010

(217) 557-7643 (FAX) (773) 533-1971 (FAX)

Marlow H. Colvin – District 33

272-S Stratton Office Building 8539 South Cottage Grove

Springfield, IL 62706 Chicago, IL 60619

(217) 782-8272 (773) 783-8492

(217) 782-2404 (FAX) (773) 783-8625 (FAX)

repcolvin@sbcglobal.net

Elizabeth Coulson – District 17

220-N Stratton Office Building 3801 West Lake Avenue

Springfield, IL 62706 Glenview, IL 60026

(217) 782-4194 (847) 724-3233

(217) 782-7613 (FAX) (847) 724-8682 (FAX)

coulson@earthlink.net

Fred Crespo – District 44

250-W Stratton Office Bldg 1014 E. Schaumburg Road

Springfield, IL 62706 Streamwood, IL 60107

(217) 782-0347 (630) 372-3340

(217) 557-4622 (FAX) (630) 372-3342 (FAX)

More will be forthcoming. Lets get to writing folks.

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