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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

Christmas Greetings and Thanks from CWA of Illinois!12/14/2015

Greetings Dear Friends! We at Concerned Women for America of Illinois wish you and your family a blessed and joyous Christmas season with hope in Christ for the New Year. We thank you for your continued prayers and support helping to promote traditional family values and Judeo-Christian principles throughout our state this year. We have […]  READ MORE

Illinois Legislators Need Our Prayers. Be Part of Our Encourage-A-Legislator Project.11/5/2015

We are seeking intercessors for the CWA of Illinois Encourage-A-Legislator (EAL) Project for the 2016 General Assembly Session in Springfield.  This is the 100th Illinois General Assembly. EAL is a program of encouragement and prayer for our Illinois legislators. It involves: Sending a postcard every month and praying earnestly for a randomly assigned legislator CWA […]  READ MORE Reports on CWA of Illinois Recent Event – Bringing Back the Black Robed Regiment11/2/2015

Excellent write up: Preacher Spoke of Black Robed Regiment at Park Hills Evangelical Free Church in Freeport.  READ MORE

CWA of Illinois Among 13 Pro-Life Organizations Confronting Senator Kirk10/27/2015

Picture posted with permission from Illinois Family Institute A group comprised of 13 Pro-Life Organizations called on U.S. Senator Mark Kirk to vote to end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America on Thursday, September 7, 2015.  Their demands were met with resistance from the senator’s office. “Senator Kirk believes that access to contraception […]  READ MORE

Women Speak Out: Pro-Life Organizations to Rally Outside Senator Mark Kirk’s Chicago Office9/1/2015

Join CWA of Illinois and other Illinois pro-life leaders this coming Thursday, September 3, for a press conference outside of Sen. Mark Kirk’s Chicago office. Earlier this month, Sen. Kirk voted AGAINST defunding Planned Parenthood despite undercover evidence of America’s largest abortion provider harvesting and haggling over the body parts of aborted children. Sen. Kirk […]  READ MORE

Illinois House Files Resolution to Investigate State Planned Parenthood Clinics8/4/2015

Great News! Republican House members and one Downstate Democrat have filed resolution HR0671 to investigate Illinois’ Planned Parenthood clinics in Illinois. The resolution is the result of recent undercover videos containing Colorado and California Planned Parenthood official’s conversations about the selling of aborted baby organs and tissue and your unrelenting pressure on our Illinois legislators. View […]  READ MORE

Illinois Senators Vote “NO” to Stop Planned Parenthood Funding8/4/2015

Yesterday afternoon the Senate rejected S. 1881 to defund Planned Parenthood and make $500 million in federal funds available to other women’s health sources. Senate Bill 1881 failed to get the 60 votes required to have debate closed and a vote on the proposed legislation granted, with the results largely falling along party lines. Illinois […]  READ MORE

Urgent: Tell Sen. Mark Kirk and Sen. Dick Durbin to Vote YES on S.1881 to Stop Planned Parenthood Funding7/31/2015

The nation’s largest abortion business, Planned Parenthood, currently receives federal funding: over one-half billion taxpayer dollars per year. Planned Parenthood has a sordid history that includes aiding and abetting sex traffickers, giving sexual bondage instructions to children, sex-selection abortions, blatant racism, failure to report the molestation and rape of minors and more.  View videos. BUT […]  READ MORE

CWA of Illinois SPEAKS OUT Against the Selling of Baby Body Parts7/23/2015

It is a federal felony to traffic human body parts! Two shocking videos released recently uncovered two Planned Parenthood senior employees describing how selling body parts of aborted children is part of the Planned Parenthood business plan! View first video.  View second video. More disturbing videos are expected to be released soon. Penny Nance, Concerned Women […]  READ MORE

CWA is #AmericaProud7/2/2015

View this video and participate this month in celebrating why America is go great.  READ MORE

CWA of Illinois Holds Second of Its “Issues in Focus” Series – Why Christians Should Support Israel6/29/2015

Tony & Laura Invergo, Illinois representatives for Bridges for Peace, addressed “Why Christians Should Support Israel” at the 2nd CWA of Illinois “Issues in Focus” series. Attendees dined on Matzo Ball Soup, challah bread, fresh fruit, and Israeli honey cookies at the June 16 gathering. Laura Invergo traced the Biblical history of Abraham and the […]  READ MORE

Action Alert: Your Prayers and Actions Are Still Needed for the Illinois Legislature and Governor6/26/2015

The work of the Illinois House and Senate officially ended on May 31. However, due to an unresolved budget, lawmakers will be returning to Springfield on June 30 for an overtime session. Your prayers are needed as they continue to govern our great state. There are two harmful pieces of legislation that continue to need […]  READ MORE

Action Alert: Ask Governor Rauner to Veto the Therapy Prohibition Act6/1/2015

Please act on this today! The Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act, HB 217, passed out of the Illinois Senate by a vote of 34-19-1 and moves on to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office. This bill will ban reparative therapy for children who suffer from unwanted same-sex attraction disorder. It will be illegal for traditional family value therapists […]  READ MORE

Action Alert: Illinois Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act Passes Out of Senate Committee5/28/2015

It is likely to come up for a Senate vote on Friday. ACT NOW! The Conversion Therapy Prohibition Act, HB 217, passed out of the Senate Executive Committee by a vote of 11-4-1. This bill will ban reparative therapy for children who suffer from unwanted same-sex attraction disorder. If passed in the Senate, this bill […]  READ MORE

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 2015 National Day of Prayer.5/8/2015

CWA of Illinois was an active participant in the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 7, 2015 – a day set aside by Congress for Americans to gather together to seek God’s guidance, protection, and blessing upon our nation. Several CWA Prayer/Action Chapters and members throughout the state took leadership roles in the observances. […]  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

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