Would you like to give an opinion on a certain bill moving through the Legislature right now? The following information will tell you how to submit a witness slip stating your position, even if you can’t make it to Springfield to do so in person.
What is a witness slip?
A “witness slip” is a statement of support or opposition that you can make in lieu of actually attending a committee hearing. You do not need to attend any hearing in Springfield in order to file a witness slip expressing your view.
How do I voice my opposition or support for a bill in a committee?
The Illinois House’s online witness slip entree is at my.ilga.gov. Select the committee where a particular bill is assigned, and find the bill on the committee’s schedule. Fill out and then submit the form provided for the particular bill online.
- Go to www.my.ilga.gov
- First time use: CLICK on Register (you may file without registering, skip to #8)
- Enter email address
- Set password, confirm password
- CLICK on agree box
- Email will be sent to you, open and CLICK on confirmation link
- Fill out profile, use local department if permitted
- On left column, CLICK on SENATE or HOUSE
- CLICK on “Committee Hearings”
- CLICK on “Week” tab
- Pick Committee Hearing with a CLICK on right side grey button next to desired committee
- Go to desired bill number, CLICK on far right button to file a witness slip; OR
- If no bill number is available, Enter Subject Matter, for example, “Supreme Court Budget”
- Fill out all fields, including name of local department if permitted
- Section III, CLICK on a position button (Proponent, Opponent, No Position)
- Section IV, CLICK on Testimony button (Oral, Written Filed, Record of Appearance Only – only click ORAL if you are appearing to testify)
- If you didn’t register above, enter CAPTCHA words and CLICK on Agree to Terms
- CLICK on “Create Slip” button, bottom right of page.
- Exit, and LOG OFF in upper right of page.