Political & Community Action in Evanston

Dear Governor Rauner,

I am a resident of Evanston and a voter, and I am writing to ask that you publicly and forcefully oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a suitable replacement. Repealing the ACA without providing a real replacement would have devastating economic and social consequences for Illinois.

Currently 1.2 million more people are insured in illinois than were prior to the passage of the ACA. It is estimated that repeal would cost the state 114,000 jobs, primarily in high wage sectors like healthcare and construction. Repeal would cost Illinois over $30 billion in federal funds over the next 6 years. Repeal would allow insurance companies to return to the bad old days of discrimination based on gender and health history

Illinois is struggling already and the repeal of the ACA would make our recovery needlessly more challenging. Please stand up for the working poor and most vulnerable, and make the sensible economic decision to oppose the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. I will be watching closely to see what position you take on this issue, and how forcefully you express it.

Sincerely,

Mary Cavanaugh

1234 Fake Street
Evanston, IL 60201
Maryinevanstion@aol.org

If the recipient has to work to understand your letter, it is likely to be ignored.

#2 make it personal

Do the research and support your argument with facts and figures.
This will strengthen your argument and demonstrate that you are informed and devoted to your issue.

This is essential if you want your audience to be receptive to your comments.

It is essential that you say specifically what you would like your representative to do.
It is best to express how you wish them to vote on a specific piece of legislation.
Or you can express how you would like them to treat a particular issue.
Again, be specific and avoid broad phrases such as “solve this problem” or “sit down and compromise.”

Sample letter

Tell a brief story or make a quick connection that illustrates that you truly care about an issue.
This will separate your comments from form letters and will earn it greater consideration.

#7 BE COURTEOUS AND POLITE

#6 BE FACTUAL AND USE SUPPORTING EVIDENCE

Tips for writing a good letter to your elected official

that will actually get read and paid attention to

#4 MAKE A DIRECT REQUEST, DO NOT SIMPLY VENT OR EXPRESS FRUSTRATION

#3 STATE YOUR NAME AND ANY RELEVANT CREDENTIALS OR EXPERIENCE

An anonymous letter will be immediately discarded so always include your name and identify yourself as a constituent.
If you have credentials that will support your position, be sure to mention those.
For instance, if you are writing about higher education funding, mention that you are a student or the parent of students.

from Illinois State Senator and candidate for Governor Daniel Biss

#1 BE CLEAR ABOUT YOUR CONCERNS AND WHAT YOU ARE REQUESTING

#5 BE LIMITED. WRITE ABOUT ONLY ONE TOPIC OR ISSUE

Don’t try to address every one of your concerns in a single communication.
That will make it likely that all of your concerns are ignored.

GET SHIT DONE