At Howard Brown, we understand the importance of receiving care and resources regardless of your access to affirming documentation. The municipal ID would be a new form of identification available in addition to a state-issued ID or driver’s license.

We urge you to call your alderman today and tell them to support the municipal ID. Find your alderman’s contact information here.

An effort being led by Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and other community partners has presented a proposal to city council to approve the creation of a new municipal ID.  In theory, this ID could benefit: undocumented folks, young people, people with disabilities, low-income college students, transgender and gender non-conforming people, and many others.  LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness and folks who might come through Howard Brown’s clinic doors without ID could benefit greatly from the new ID option.

At Howard Brown, we understand the importance of receiving care and resources regardless of your access to affirming documentation.  By passing this ordinance, the city will help expand access to care and services to individuals across our city.

The Committee on Budget and Government Operations approved an ordinance to establish the program by an affirmative vote with four abstentions.  If approved, the municipal ID card will make Chicago a more welcoming and inclusive city for all residents, while specifically benefiting individuals who either cannot or have difficulty obtaining state or federal government-issued documents. The ordinance passed out of committee this week and goes up for a full vote on April 19.

Since it already has some momentum, we need your support! The effort now lies in the wards of the alderman who did not vote in favor.  The Chicago City Council will vote on the bill this Wednesday, April 19th, at 10:30am, at City Council Chambers, 121 N. LaSalle Dr. While we have garnered much support from several aldermen, we are still facing some opposition. We need your help in packing City Council Chambers during the vote to demonstrate that widespread support exists for the new ID.

We urge you to call your alderman today and tell them to support the municipal ID. Find your alderman’s contact information here.