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“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” Ronald W. Reagan

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” Edmund Burke

These maxims describe the reason for becoming involved in Concerned Women for America. Love of God, family, and country is no longer being instilled in America’s children. Freedom must be cherished and protected. Unfortunately, most Americans have taken their God-given liberties for granted. A return to the Judeo-Christian values upon which this nation was founded is our only hope.

The beauty of Concerned Women for America is that it combines both prayer and action. CWA empowers women to be on the frontline protecting the sanctity of human life, defending religious liberty, affecting education, fighting sexual exploitation, securing national sovereignty, and supporting Israel. When Christian women unite behind a righteous cause, there is no stopping them!

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Illinois News and Headlines

Action Alert: Illinois House Approves Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act – It Now Moves to the Senate5/21/2015

HB Bill 217 moves to the Senate. Please ACT NOW! In a major setback for children’s mental health, parental rights and religious liberty, the Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act, HB 217, passed the Illinois House with a 68 to 43 vote and moves to the Illinois Senate. This bill will ban reparative therapy for children who […]  READ MORE

CWA of Illinois Supports the National Day of Prayer This Thursday, May 7, 20155/4/2015

The 64rd annual National Day of Prayer (NDP) is Thursday, May 7, 2015 – a day set aside by Congress in 1988 for citizens to take time out from their daily schedules to pray for their communities, their nation, and their leaders. Dr. Jack Graham, 2015 National Day of Prayer Honorary Chairman, wrote a special […]  READ MORE

Illinois Healthcare Personnel in Jeopardy of Losing Right to Refuse to Perform Abortions4/29/2015

The Health Care Right of Conscience Act, SB 1564, was amended and passed last week in the State Senate 34 to 19. These amendments, in essence, gutted the original intent of the bill – protection for medical personnel with moral conscience. SB 1564 must be stopped in the House! If passed by the House, it […]  READ MORE

CWA of Illinois Holds First of Its “Issues in Focus” Series3/26/2015

  David Smith, Executive Director of Illinois Family Institute, kicked off the CWA of Illinois “Issues in Focus” series.  Attendees dined on Irish stew and chowder, Irish soda bread, fresh fruit, and assorted bar cookies at the March 17, 2015, St. Patrick’s Day gathering. Smith listed Biblical Scriptures that mandate Christians’ involvement in the political […]  READ MORE

May 7, 2015 – CWA of Illinois Encourages You to Save the Date for National Day of Prayer3/26/2015

This year’s theme: Lord, Hear Our Cry! “Hear the cry and the prayer that Your servant is praying in Your presence this day.” I Kings 8:28 CWA of Illinois supports the National Day of Prayer. The 64rd annual National Day of Prayer (NPA) is Thursday, May 7, 2015 – a day set aside by Congress […]  READ MORE

Silence the Day of Silence in Illinois3/26/2015

The Day of Silence, organized and promoted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), takes place this year on Friday, April 17. The Day of Silence is the king of all the numerous homosexuality-affirming activities that take place in public schools. It started in one university and then, like a cancer, metastasized to […]  READ MORE

Marijuana a Lethal Legacy for Future Generations3/12/2015

Read State Director’s article on about two dangerous marijuana bills facing our state legislature.  READ MORE

U.N. Treaty Threatens the Rights of Illinois Parents3/10/2015

HR147 “Urges President Obama to submit the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child to the U.S. Senate for its advice and consent without delay, and further calls on the U.S. Senate to move swiftly to approve the Convention.” CWA of Illinois opposes HR147. The U.N. Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is a human rights […]  READ MORE

Immediate Action Needed to Stop Illinois Taxpayer Funded Abortions3/5/2015

The State Aid – Public Aid Abortions Bill, HB 4013, will remove restrictions on taxpayer funding of abortions. HB 4013 was filled by Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D – District 12). The ban on taxpayer funding of abortion for state employees and Medicaid recipients has saved the lives of thousands of babies in Illinois since its […]  READ MORE

Immediate Action Needed to Stop Illinois Taxpayer Funded Abortions3/5/2015

The State Aid – Public Aid Abortions Bill, HB 4013, will remove restrictions on taxpayer funding of abortions. HB 4013 was filled by Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D – District 12). The ban on taxpayer funding of abortion for state employees and Medicaid recipients has saved the lives of thousands of babies in Illinois since its […]  READ MORE

Join CWA of Illinois in the Fight Against Legalizing Marijuana2/24/2015

SB 735, Cannabis Possession Adults bill, would make Illinois the fifth state to legalize marijuana. SB 735 was introduced in the State Senate by Michael Noland (D-22) making it the second marijuana bill to be introduced into our legislature. Click here to read SB 753 and check statues. If passed, the Cannabis-Possession Adults bill would: […]  READ MORE


Hungry attendees turned out in frigid weather to support CWA of Illinois’ Applebees “Short Stacks for a Tall Cause” Fundraiser, on Saturday, February 21, 2015, in Freeport. CWA of Illinois members and their families manned tables and assisted in the kitchen to serve what seemed like an unlimited supply of pancakes and bacon. “We are […]  READ MORE

Illinois House to Vote on Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana2/23/2015

The Cannabis Penalties Bill, HB 218, would replace criminal penalties with a $100 fine. Opening hearings on HB 218 in the House Restorative Justice Committee began on February 20 and will reconvene on February 26, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. in the Capitol Building Room 122B. If passed the bill would eliminate the possibility of arrest […]  READ MORE

CWA of Illinois Supports Illinois Call to Prayer Day2/13/2015

Members of CWA of Illinois attended the Illinois Call to Prayer Day hosted by the Illinois Legislative Prayer Caucus at the Illinois Capitol Rotunda on February 5, 2015.  The Illinois Legislative Prayer Caucus is a bi-partisan group of state legislators united to defend America’s right to trust in God.  Legislators signed a Call to Prayer […]  READ MORE

Speak Out Against Illinois Bill That Would Ban Gender Counseling to Minors2/5/2015

Illinois House Bill 217 Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act Would Ban Gender Counseling to Minors The Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act, HB 217, has been reintroduced into Illinois House. This bill would prohibit “any practices or treatments that seek to change an individual’s sexual orientation, as defined by (o-1) of Section 1-103 of the Illinois Human Rights […]  READ MORE

Era Dies Another Death In The Illinois House As They Adjourn For The Session12/9/2014

HJRCA 7, Equal Rights Amendment is effectively dead! The Illinois House adjourned sine die and will reconvene on the opening day of the 2015 Legislative session on January 14. This means ERA has been turned back 14 times in Illinois and is effectively dead. The Equal Rights Amendment will have to start over from square […]  READ MORE

Merry Christmas From CWA of Illinois!12/6/2014

Read our letter to you.  READ MORE

Miracles in American History Event a Great Success12/6/2014

On November 1, at our Miracles in American History event, nationally known speaker, publisher, and best-selling author, William Federer presented riveting accounts of God’s intervention throughout the course of American History. Those in attendance were amazed to learn many little known facts about events they learned in school! Many recommended an encore presentation for area […]  READ MORE


Homosexuals and transgenders are aggressively pushing for genderless equality, and progressive courts and the education system are helping them achieve it. On December 4, Minnesota’s State High School League plans to install an athletic policy granting transgender students the choice to play on either boys’ or girls’ teams. The result would be no accounting for […]  READ MORE

STOP ERA in Illinois ONCE AND FOR ALL!12/1/2014

Voice You Opposition in Springfield on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 With a 39-11 vote, the Illinois Senate voted to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) during the 2014 Spring Illinois Legislative Session. If ratified in the Illinois House, Illinois will become the 36th state to ratify the ERA. The Illinois House will address ERA during […]  READ MORE

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