I had seen some emails about it, so drove past on our way home from the easy-to-park-in and human-sized Milwaukee airport.
Below is the time line of events which transpired over the past couple of weeks and culminated in the big Prayer Vigil/Rally at Jack Franks’ office on Saturday.
Saturday, March 14 I received an email from my Knights of Columbus Council #1288 talking about HB2354 and that we had to stop it.
I went to the Illinois General Assembly site (ILGA.org) to see all of the details and was stunned to see that Jack Franks had signed-on as co-sponsor 2 days earlier (Thursday 3/12).
“I personally oppose abortion but I support a woman’s right to choose.”
That letter was copied to all of the Pro-Life friends in my email address book.
On Monday (March 15th), I began receiving copied emails to State Rep. Franks ditto-ing my letter. Most had simply forwarded my email and added their own comments. Then a friend suggested we compile the contents of the letter into a full-page ad in the Northwest Herald.
We contacted Irene Napier and a group of conservative residents we had been corresponding with and the decision was made. I began designing the ad and shared it with the group of friends. After multiple revisions the ad was done. Irene and I brought it to the Herald, she and another friend made additional revisions, and on Sunday, March 22, the ad was published.
On Wednesday I was notified that Karen Verr was organizing a Prayer Vigil/Rally at Jack Franks’ office for Saturday at noon. I immediately copied all in my address book again. Thursday and Friday we continued calling and emailing to drum up support. We figured we would max-out at 50-100 people.
Saturday we showed-up for the Prayer Vigil/Rally and, as some were counting, found-out that there were well over 200 people there (211 was actual number I heard).
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