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Bruce Rauner

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Bruce Vincent Rauner is an American businessman, philanthropist, and politician. He is the 42nd and current Governor of Illinois, serving since January 12, 2015.


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Petitioning U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Bill Walker, Asa Hutchinson, Jerry Brown, Nathan Deal, Rick Scott, David Ige, Butch Otter, Bruce Rauner, Mike Pence, Terry Branstad, Sam Brownback, Matt ...

Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

This is the year 2016. Isn’t it time women had equal rights in America? Will you join me by signing a petition compelling your lawmakers to vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment? “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” The Equal Rights Amendment, first introduced in 1923 by Alice Paul, is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that affirms that all citizens deserve equal rights under the law regardless of sex or gender. Seems self-evident, right? Do you think that women’s equal rights are guaranteed by our constitution? Sadly, they are not. The ERA never passed, leaving women’s rights up for interpretation. This imbalance has been demonstrated time and time again in the highest courts in the land, where women often lose even when clear bias is shown. Women’s rights are seemingly at the mercy of whoever is in office or on a judicial bench at any given time. Here is what one of our most influential Supreme Court justices said on the matter of sex discrimination: "Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. The only issue is whether it prohibits it. It doesn't."
—Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia While we in America may think that women are doing fine, the rest of the world does not. The United Nations has deemed the United States to be a country that does not adequately protect women’s human rights. The Equal Rights Amendment may seem unnecessary to some, but the truth is American women do not have explicit rights under The Constitution. There are dozens of areas where a lack of equal rights negatively affects women and the families they support. Here are just a few: • America is the only nation in the world with a rising maternal mortality rate.
 • 10,000 abused women are turned away from shelters daily, a total of 3.65 million denied requests per year. When looking specifically at the gender pay gap: There is a direct correlation between underpaying mothers and child hunger. It is estimated that half of the 33 million women and children living in poverty in the United States would not be if women were paid their full dollar. Is it any wonder that 1 in 5 children in America go hungry? Seventy-five percent of all African American children are being raised by full time working single mothers who are paid .60 cents on the dollar. Latinas earn .55 cents on the dollar, and white women make .78 cents compared to their white male counterparts. Our transgender sisters are faring even worse. They are four times as likely to have a household income under $10,000 and twice as likely to be unemployed. Over the course of her working life, an American woman will lose between $400,000 and two million dollars due to wage discrimination. The Equal Rights Amendment would provide an express constitutional basis to challenge sex-based discrimination. It would also ensure that laws and government actions that treat women differently are reviewed by the courts with the strictest of standards. With the upcoming 2016 election we need to intensify the conversation around women's issues and compel our lawmakers to protect the basic civil and human rights of American women by passing the ERA. It is time that we finally make this happen for ourselves, our daughters, and for the future of our nation. If even Supreme Court justices don’t believe the Constitution protects women from discrimination, let’s pass an amendment that will. Please join me along with Kamala Lopez, the director of the upcoming documentary “Equal Means Equal,” the ERA Coalition, and Noreen Farrell of Equal Rights Advocates, to sign this petition for the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment #EqualMeansEqual —Patricia Arquette

Patricia Arquette with Equal Rights Advocates
128,692 supporters
Petitioning Kim Foxx, Bruce Rauner

New trial for an innocent man

Detective Richard Zuley may be most famous for his notorious interrogations at Guantanamo Bay, but he first learned his torture techniques in the interrogation rooms of Chicago. Now, this 30-year veteran of the Chicago PD is under investigation for using illegal methods to coerce confessions that have put several possibly innocent people behind bars. One of his cases has already been overturned, and a man who spent 23 years in prison is now finally free. But while officials slowly make their way through the pages of evidence against this corrupt cop, my friend Lee Harris -- another of Zuley’s many victims -- still wastes away in prison.   My name is Robert. From 2000-2001, I shared a cell with Lee. We became good friends. Like a lot of people in prison, he would go on about how he was innocent and how he had been wrongly accused, but I never knew what to believe. However, when I received letters from the “witness” who put him away, apologizing for lying on the stand, I started digging: Lee’s conviction doesn’t add up. And now that I am on the outside, I am doing everything I can to get him a new trial so he can prove his innocence. I am asking Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to grant my friend Lee Harris a new trial, so he can prove his innocence. He shouldn’t spend one more day behind bars while the true criminal is allowed to walk free. At first, Lee collaborated with Detective Zuley to help him find the real killer in the crime he is doing time for. Facing public pressure to find the killer, they pressed Lee for information using both threats and rewards. In one instance, Zuley offered him a $20,000 reward, and in another, he threatened to stop providing protection for his family, exposing them to retaliation. When they couldn’t find the real killer, they turned on their informant and charged him with the crime. They had no murder weapon or evidence connecting Lee to the crime. Yet, even with all these legal missteps and the lack of evidence, they still threw Lee behind bars for 90 years. He remains in jail to this day for a crime I am sure he didn’t commit. And I am not the only one: Chicago attorney Jennifer Blagg, who has won many exonerations in the US, is now taking a closer look at Harris’ conviction. It’s time to grant my friend Lee Harris a new trial and let true justice be served. We cannot continue to keep this man behind bars while the real killer could be walking the streets. Please sign my petition and help me fight for justice for Lee Harris.

Robert Chattler
64,670 supporters
Petitioning Illinois State Senate, Illinois State House, Bruce Rauner

Dog Protection Act - Illinois

A horrifying headline as written in December 2016 by Fox News in Denver after two companion animals were shot in Battle Creek, Michigan: Federal court rules police can shoot a dog if it moves or barks when officers enter a home.  The Department of Justice estimates that nearly 25 dogs are killed by law enforcement every day in the United States, which makes a total of 10,000 per year. It is as simple as this - in Illinois there is currently no means to protect companion dogs, including in your very own home, from being shot and killed if local law enforcement, in any way, deems your dog a threat to their safety. This is a petition to Illinois State Senate and House to put forward legislation that protects dogs from this possible fate. The statute would require local law enforcement to undergo training in order to prevent the shooting of dogs by local law enforcement officers in the line of duty. Specifically, this statute would put forth assistance in the training of law enforcement officers so that they can differentiate between threatening and non-threatening dog behaviors, as well as to employ non-lethal means whenever possible.  I urge you to read Colorado's new legislation, Dog Protection Act, which was developed for exactly this reason: Colorado's Dog Protection Act. I am asking for replication of these efforts in Illinois and, eventually, U.S. wide. I have a Boxer who loves to bark and even run at the door. She would rather lick you to death than harm you, but it is a huge fear that if law enforcement needed to enter my home and my dog ran at them or barked that she could be killed for it. It is for this reason, and for all of the other dogs out there, that I propose this legislation.

Laurie Krook
59,584 supporters
Petitioning Rosemont Police Department , Dick Durbin, Bruce Rauner

Get Justice for Kenneka Jenkins

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-woman-found-dead-rosemont-hotel-20170910-story.html  I believe this girl was intentionally murdered by her friends the night before she was pronounced dead. They are not being charged with murder and should be investigated and charged. 

Jasmine Gibson
28,152 supporters
Petitioning Bruce Rauner, Joelle Marasco

Don't let my sisters killer be released on parole.

One of the satanic group that killed my sister (and others) is getting out of jail, serving only half of his sentence. Read this and you'll question why on earth our government would let this happen: http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/2017/07/31/chicago-ripper-crew-member-convicted-of-elmhurst-murder-to-be-released-in-september/a27vqon/

Matt Borowski
22,763 supporters
Petitioning Don Orseno, Bruce Rauner, Norman Carleson

METRA DISCOUNT FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

For all of the commuter students who have been taking the Metra to get downtown from the Rock Island District, Electric Line, Southwest Corridor, etc. who are tired of increased ticket prices each year. I understand fully that public transportation in Chicago needs appropriate funding in order to continue to provide round the clock transportation via bus, train, or subway train. But it is inappropriate to continue to charge these commuting students, and in some cases the family of these students, higher and higher fare cost simply because Metra has a monopoly on train transportation. This petition is for a reduced fare cost (-$3.00) off of Chicago Metra Train tickets for qualifying students who are taking classes full time at a University within the Chicago metropolitan area. So if a ticket is $6.75, you should be able to show your ID, give your UPASS for scanning, or show your student status through the Metra App to the train Attendant for the discount and only pay $3.75. If you are a part-time student, the same rules will apply as for full time students only you will receive a discount of (-$1.50) off of tickets. The students of Chicago, as well as suburbanite students who frequent Chicago for college classes are fed up with this borderline coercive monopoly called the Metra. We need change and now! - Cedric Ngwa

Cedric Ngwa
14,939 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Illinois Governor, Illinois State Senate, Illinois State House, Bruce Rauner

Death penalty for hate crimes and torture

Brittany Covington, Tesfaye Cooper Jordan Hill, Tanishia Covington.  These are the names of the 4 who kidnapped a handicapped man.. tortured him yelled f**k white people and f**k donald trump.. these people are to dangerous to be on the streets. They shouls not be allowed to live after there violent actions. So i believe that the state of Illinois should open up the death penalty option for this case..

Jamie Huff
9,521 supporters
Petitioning Bruce Rauner

Require ISP's with Illinois state contracts to abide by net neutrality principles.

I'm calling on Governor Bruce Rauner to issue an executive order requiring internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality principles. This would mean that in order to receive a contract with the state of Illinois government, internet service providers like Verizon and Comcast must not block or throttle web content or create internet fast lanes. State governments can be some of the biggest consumers of internet services so this will send a strong message. Furthermore, this can be done. In January of 2018, Montana Governor Steve Bullock (D) signed an executive order to do just this, explaining “This is a simple step states can take to preserve and protect net neutrality. We can’t wait for folks in Washington DC to come to their senses and reinstate these rules.” Please sign my petition asking Governor Bruce Rauner to require all internet service providers with state contracts to abide by net neutrality rules.    

Michael Owens
9,245 supporters
Petitioning Kim Foxx, Bruce Rauner

New trial for Benita Johnson

Detective Richard Zuley may be most famous for his notorious interrogations at Guantanamo Bay, but he first learned his torture techniques in the interrogation rooms of Chicago. Now, this 30-year veteran of the Chicago PD is under investigation for using illegal methods to coerce confessions that have put several possibly innocent people behind bars. One of his cases has already been overturned, and a man who spent 23 years in prison is now finally free. But while officials slowly make their way through the pages of evidence against this corrupt cop, a woman I know, Benita Johnson -- another of Zuley’s many victims -- still wastes away in prison.   My name is Robert. From 1998-2001, I was incarcerated in the Illinois Department of Corrections. During this time I met several people who claimed they were innocent and I never knew what to believe. After doing research on this detective, I found one of his victims. Benita's conviction doesn’t add up. And now that I am on the outside, I am doing everything I can to get her a new trial so she can prove her innocence. I am asking Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office to grant Benita Johnson a new trial, so she can prove her innocence. She shouldn’t spend one more day behind bars while the true criminal is allowed to walk free. At first, when Zuley didn’t have any suspects, he leaned on a sketchy street informant who received $15,000 reward money from the victim’s family and who had also been used to close previous high profile cases. One of those cases a man lost his freedom for more than 5 years before a Chicago Judge acquitted him, saying this specific informant is worthless. Facing public pressure to find the killer, Zuley closed this case using Johnson, an innocent woman, that didn’t match witness descriptions and has had 3 separate DNA tests that do not match the DNA evidence police recovered. They had no murder weapon or evidence connecting Benita to the crime. Yet, even with all these legal missteps and the lack of evidence, they still threw Benita behind bars for 50 years. She remains in jail to this day for a crime I am sure she didn’t commit. And I am not the only one: Chicago attorney Kathleen Zellner, who has won more exonerations than any other lawyer in the US, is now taking a closer look at Johnson’ conviction. It’s time to grant Benita Johnson a new trial and let true justice be served. We cannot continue to keep this woman behind bars while the real killer could be walking the streets. Please sign my petition and help me fight for justice for Benita Johnson.

Robert Chattler
8,762 supporters
Petitioning L. Tammy Duckworth, Dick Durbin, Bruce Rauner, William Brady, Keith Sommer

Stop the Coyote Killing Contests in Illinois!

Coyote killing contests are nothing but a blood sport where hunters go out and kill as many coyotes as possible for prizes and bragging rights. There are categories for largest coyote, smallest coyote (including pups), and for the MOST coyotes. Many hunters say this is a form of conservation, and population control. But over a dozen studies have shown that killing mass amounts of coyotes can actually lead to a even larger population increase the following year. These studies rule out the "conservation" blanket these hunters hide behind. The true reason is to satisfy their own bloodlust. California has already BANNED these blood sports from their state. They have figured out that this is not a effective method of population control and found it to be nothing but a repulsive blood stain upon their communities. It's time to end these barbaric practices. END THE KILLING CONTESTS IN ILLINOIS.

Coyote Spirit
7,073 supporters