* Press release…
On Sunday, January 10th, 2021, State Representative Karina Villa introduced an amendment to Illinois’ Election Code concerning the optional loyalty oath candidates sign when submitting petitions to get on the ballot. The amendment states that the oath - in which signees swear they will not be part of any communist organization or group plotting to overthrow constitutional government - shall now add white supremacist groups and hate groups.
“White supremacists have no business occupying positions of power in our government, at any level,” Villa said. “The loyalty oath should cover members of these dangerous groups as well.”
In the wake of this past week’s events on Capitol Hill and a spike in hate crimes and white supremacist violence across the country, states must find ways to protect their residents from the dangers posed by white supremacist organizations and hate groups.
“State elected officials from multiple states across the country participated in the insurrection at the Capitol this week. That’s unconscionable. We have no choice but to ensure that white supremacists and insurrectionists cannot continue to run for office without making their hateful beliefs known to voters first.”