Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Disability Advocates Oppose Evanston City Council Resolution

By Diane Coleman, Not Dead Yet
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They say that “all politics are local.” While bills to legalize assisted suicide are a state issue, proponents of these dangerous bills are engaging in local politics as well.
An example is the Evanston City Council in Illinois. This is the home district of the lead sponsor in the state legislature. Last Thursday, the local newspaper announced that a proposed City Council resolution favoring the bill would be heard before the Council’s Human Services Committee on Monday, February 3rd. (h/t to Stephen Mendelsohn of Second Thoughts Connecticut for alerting us.)

The disability advocates at Progress Center for Independent Living, including Evanston resident Larry Biondi, showed up to ensure that the disability opposition to the resolution was clearly heard. 
Unfortunately, the Committee advanced the resolution for consideration by the full City Council, “but three of the four committee members present suggested they might vote against the measure there” according to the news report. The fight will continue.