Meet with Governor Pritzker to Demand Illinois Action

St. Rita Parish, in collaboration with SWOP and United Power, is planning to take part in a public meeting this Spring with Governor J. B. Pritzker. We will demand State action on three issues affecting our families and neighborhood:

  • Funds for continued rehabilitation of vacant homes and apartments.
  • Treatment of the mentally ill, not incarceration.
  • Increased gun safety and reduced gun violence.

The date, time and place of the public meeting are being negotiated now with the Governor’s office.


Planning Continues for Meeting with Governor Pritzker

Representatives of St. Rita Parish and SWOP, along with delegates from other Chicago-area churches and organizations, met March 3 with United Power to continue planning for the public meeting with Governor J. B. Pritzker. The meeting will take place on a Sunday afternoon in April, May or June.

In the meeting, we will demand State action on two issues:

Housing – Funds for continued rehabilitation of abandoned homes and apartments, and affordable housing for working families and seniors.

Treatment, not incarceration for non-violent persons with mental illness – Adequate State funding so that Crisis Stabilization Units like the one at Holy Cross Hospital can reopen.

If you believe that non-violent mentally ill persons deserve treatment, not jail, and that empty houses need to be repaired and occupied, plan to be at this public meeting. Your voice is needed. Check the Bulletin or this webpage in coming weeks for details as they develop.


‘Reclaiming Southwest Chicago’ Needs Your Voice

Once upon a time, there were nearly 700 vacant homes in the Southwest Chicago area surrounding St. Rita Church. Then SWOP, working with other organizations, started a program called “Reclaiming Southwest Chicago.”

SWOP has been acquiring and rehabbing abandoned houses, and selling them at affordable prices to families who are now our neighbors. Many are members of St. Rita Parish.

SWOP and United Power are planning a public meeting with Governor J. B. Pritzker on a Sunday afternoon in April, May or June to seek support from the State of Illinois to move forward and continue Reclaiming Southwest Chicago.

If you support Reclaiming Southwest Chicago, plan to be at this public meeting. Your voice is needed. Check the Bulletin or this webpage in coming weeks for details as they develop.


Tell Governor Pritzker: Treatment, Not Incarceration, for Mental Illness

Persons with mental health issues need treatment, not prison. Yet non-violent mentally ill persons wind up in jails instead of in hospitals. Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago opened in 2016 a brand-new Crisis Stabilization Unit for mental health. This facility can treat up to 32 persons who otherwise might be incarcerated. But today, Holy Cross Hospital’s Crisis Stabilization Unit is empty. Why? Because the State of Illinois reduced what it pays per patient to $28 per day – far below what it cost Holy Cross to treat a patient.

SWOP and United Power are planning a public meeting with Governor J. B. Pritzker on a Sunday afternoon in April, May or June to seek adequate funding for Crisis Stabilization Units like the one at Holy Cross. If you believe that non-violent mentally ill persons deserve treatment, not jail, plan to be at this public meeting. Your voice is needed. Check the Bulletin in coming weeks for details as they develop.