A significant shoutout must go to Indivisible Illinois and their #Handmaids4HB40 movement. The movement used the imagery of the dystopian The Handmaid’s Tale to raise awareness about the bill’s status after it passed both the house and the senate.
The bill is a success for pro-choice democrats for more reasons than one. It seems that this decision has created a potential split for conservatives in Illinois in the upcoming gubernatorial race.
John Kass, a conservative writer for the Chicago Tribune said as much, while throwing out a few names that the conservatives he knows are thinking of throwing funding behind.
“Some Republicans are already trying to save what’s left of the GOP by finding other conservative candidates to run against Rauner,” Kass writes Among the names being mentioned: state Rep. Jeanne Ives, of Wheaton, a conservative and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Mentioned as a running mate is outgoing state Sen. Kyle McCarter, of downstate Lebanon.”
“It’s the type of issue that galvanizes a segment of the population,” Loyola University political scientist John Frendreis said of the abortion question. “I’m just not sure they could mount a successful insurgency against him. He is the major donor for the entire array of candidates running for the state Legislature next year.”
Daniel Johanson (he/him) is a journalist and digital media specialist living in Chicago, Illinois. He serves as Editor-in-Chief at Scapi and in that capacity manages all things content, including writing and editing articles and producing digital content. His most recent work includes the docuseries Heart of a Nation: Tracking Socialism in the Midwest and co-hosting the podcast Scapi Radio. He spends his free time with cats.