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June 2, 2017

Contact Governor Rauner's Office In Support of SB1839

Illinois 9-1-1 is just 14 days away from losing the funding needed to provide 9-1-1 statewide as the current 9-1-1 surcharge ends on June 30th. We strongly encourage Governor Rauner to sign into law SB 1839 which passed out of both the House and Senate with super majorities last month. This bill is important to 9-1-1 systems including those who depend on 9-1-1 when they have an emergency to report, those who answer those 9-1-1 calls, and those police, fire, and ems responders who provide the needed public safety services each and every day. This bill not only extends the sunset of the surcharge, but it also increases the surcharge to $1.50 outside the City of Chicago and allows the City of Chicago to increase their surcharge up to $5.00.

On June 19th at 10am the IL 9-1-1 State Advisory Board will be meeting at the ICC for its regularly scheduled meeting, and we invite anyone who hasn’t attended one of these meetings to join us on Monday to see the board in action. Afterwards, at 12:30pm we ask any and all 9-1-1 officials, others in local government, and public safety from across the state to join us at the Capitol for a press conference regarding 9-1-1 and our need for Governor Rauner to sign SB 1839. If you wear a uniform please wear your uniform to Springfield.

On behalf of IL APCO, IL NENA, and 9-1-1 officials across the State of IL we thank the lawmakers who understood our needs and voted to support 9-1-1 with the proper funding, we also thank each and every person who has written letters, emails, and made phone calls to the Governor’s Office. We ask that you please continue doing what you have been doing and to please ask others to assist you in this call to action as we get closer to June 30th.

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