Do you know your reps?
At the federal level, you are represented by two senators and one representative. Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth represent Illinois in the U.S. Senate.
The United States is divided into 435 congressional districts, each with a population of about 710,000 individuals. Each district elects a representative to the House for a two-year term. Representatives are also called congressmen/congresswomen. Illinois has 18 congressional districts, and therefore 18 representatives.
At the state level, you are represented by one senator and one representative. Illinois has 59 state senate districts and 118 state house districts.
Call & Email
Enter your address in the box below to see your federal and state representatives and their phone and email addresses. This widget was developed for Campaign Zero, which is working to end police violence.
The following widget also gives you numbers for additional offices, as well as information for your state reps.
If you have any issues with the widget, you can contact the Washington switchboard to call your U.S. Senators and Representatives at (202) 224-3121. You can also use GovTrack.us to find out more information on your U.S. Congressional representatives: https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/IL#representatives.
Send a video (or a message)
Would you like to send a personal video to your federal representative? This widget, from Countable, allows you to both send videos and messages:
Write a letter
Do you want to customize and print a hard copy letter? Or print out a letter so you can personally sign it before faxing? This tool is for you:
**Please note that mail takes awhile to reach the office, since it goes through security review first.**
Fax Zero allows you to send faxes for free and takes just a few minutes. Find links for Illinois legislators here: https://faxzero.com/fax_congress.php#Illinois
Many new apps developed in the past several months provide easy ways to send faxes and messages, but also provide call scripts and information on the most current issues. A few of the best:
- 5Calls: Help with calls, issues, and scripts
- ResistBot: Text RESIST to 50409 to send messages easily and quickly
- The Sixty-Five: Issues & call scripts
- Tiny Hands Mail: Send a postcard
A basic script
Keep it personal and targeted to a single issue. For example:
My name is [name], and I live in [city, state]. I am concerned about access to health care. My daughter was born with a heart condition and may have a difficult time obtaining insurance if individuals with pre-existing conditions are not protected. Also, she has had two surgeries and could hit a lifetime cap before she is 18. Please vote against repealing the ACA without immediate replacement that protects people like her. Thank you.
My name is [name], and I live in [city, state]. I would like to ask [congressperson x] to vote [yes/no] on [insert bill here].
What is your rep thinking?
If you want to learn more about how to influence your legislators, check out the Your Member of Congress guide by Indivisible.