Government Affairs

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  • US Senate
  • State of Illinois
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    JUF/JF Government Affairs Program
    Chicago Office 30 S. Wells St.
    Chicago, IL 60606
    fax: 312-855-2477

    Springfield Office
    520 S. 2nd Street - Suite 2-200
    Springfield, IL 62701
    fax: 217-753-1430

    Washington Office
    1720 I Street, NW, 8th Floor
    Washington, DC 20006
    fax: 202-466-7092

What's New at Government Affairs?

News Updates

House condemns anti-Semitism, Senate names Israel a strategic partner

Congress unanimously passed H. Res. 707 yesterday, condemning “all forms of anti-Semitism … as an acceptable expression of disapproval or frustration over political events in the Middle East or elsewhere.” Click here to read more.

Governor Quinn meets with Jewish community leaders

JUF hosted a forum with Gov. Pat Quinn yesterday to talk about key issues for the Jewish community in Illinois. Click here to read more.  

Israel Emergency Campaign fundraiser draws big crowd

More than 650 Chicagoans, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, showed their support for Israel and the Jewish United Fund’s Israel Emergency Campaign at a fundraiser Thursday night. Click here to read more.

Senators urge Kerry to investigate rockets found at U.N. school

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk joined Senators Ben Cardin of Maryland and Marco Rubio of Florida on Wednesday in sending a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, asking for an independent investigation into the rockets found on the U.N. Relief and Works Agency property in Gaza. Click here to read more.

Congress boosts support for Israel

Since Operation Protective Edge began, Congress has shown immense support for Israel. This morning, the Senate approved $225 million in funding for Iron Dome. The vote came as a surprise, as previous attempts to pass the legislation failed earlier this week. Click here to read more.

To read more about the JUF's State Government Affairs, read Suzanne Strassberger's blog, which can be found here.

What We Do

  • Work with health and human service organizations to develop partnerships and alliances that benefit the Jewish community;
  • Orchestrate and present legislative initiatives on behalf of vulnerable populations in Chicago;
  • Collaborate with JCRC on community relations and international issues; and
  • Promote public-private partnerships to strengthen combined advocacy.

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