What's New at Government Affairs?
New Iran sanctions bill draws broad bipartisan and Jewish communal support
As talks resumed in Geneva, Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk again took point on significant, bipartisan Iran sanction legislation – and he is doing so again with his Democratic colleague, Robert Menendez of New Jersey.Click here to read more.
Government Affairs session focuses on state issues
The Illinois General Assembly passed two highly publicized bills in recent weeks regarding pension reform and marriage equality, and both were the focus of discussion at the latest meeting of JUF’s Government Affairs Committee. Click here to read more.
U.S. House passes update to Israel's Qualitative Military Edge
The U.S. House voted 399-0 Wednesday in favor of the Israel QME Enhancement Act, which will increase the frequency and details of the president’s mandatory reports to Congress on the state of Israel’s Qualitative Military Edge (QME)... Click here to read more.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel celebrates Chanukah at JUF
Chicago's Jewish community received one last gift on the the eighth and final night of Chanukah when Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited the JUF to light the menorah during a ceremony co-sponsored by the City of Chicago. (Watch the video)Click here to read more.
Community members take the SNAP Challenge
During the week leading up to Thanksgiving and Chanukah, more than a dozen volunteers participated in the Jewish Community SNAP Challenge, part of the JUF Hunger Awareness Project. Participants pledged to live on just $31.50 worth of food for an entire week – the equivalent of $1.50 per meal – which is the average food budget of a food stamp recipient. Click here to read more.
New Members of Congress
The 2012 election on November 6 swept in six new representatives for Illinois. You can see their biographies linked below:
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