On Tuesday January 14th, Illinois Fathers will be conducting an event in the Capitol Rotunda. The purpose of our event, or the Watkins Rally is to show support for the Watkins family and also to make a statement that the convicted murderer of Steven Watkins, Shirley Skinner, should not be granted clemency. ( On January 14th, there is a court hearing scheduled seeking clemency for Shirley Skinner ).
This Friday January 10th, “Divorce Corp”, a movie/documentary about the divorce industry is scheduled to show in several largie cities across the country. Divorce Corp may be the best awareness effort ever to expose the truths about the divorce industry, including false allegations, corruption among judges, and the senselessness of child support calculations. If you or anyone you know has experienced the atrocities of family law, please click here HERE to view one of several trailers, and HERE for film information and screening locations.
Additionally, this Friday Illinois Father’s Board Member Todd Bottum will be at theAMC Showplace Galewood 14 with the film’s producer Philip Sternberg and attorney Carl Michael Rossi as part of a Q&A panel.
(See the attachment for details.) The panel will field and answer questions from viewers following the 8:00 p.m. showing of the film. If you would like to attend that showing, we highly suggest purchasing advance tickets as we anticipate a sell-out audience.
On December 4th of 2013, Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki sent a fundraising letter out to parishoners in the Springfield Diocese. The letter of course appealed for donations. His letter also explained that Catholic Charities in the Springfield Diocese is starting two new programs, one of which is “Catholic Charities Legal Services”. In Bishop Paprocki’s own words, the purpose of Catholic Charities Legal Services is to “assist those who fall between the cracks of the justice system”. Illinois Father’s President Steven Westerfield made a phone call to Catholic Charities in Springfield and asked if Catholic Charities Legal Services would assist in his own case. The response was that currently, the program is not fully up and running but that Steven would be “put on the list”. At this point, we do not know for certain if this program will serve non-custodial parents, but we feel like it certainly would not hurt for us to make a phone call and let it be known that there is a need. In the Bishop’s own words, the program is for those who fall between the cracks. If anyone is falling between the cracks today, it is non-custodial parents. If you or someone you know lives in one of the Springfield Diocese 28 counties or has a case in one of the 28 counties, and you would like to request legal aid assistance, the phone number for the Springfield Catholic Charities Office is 217/ 523-9201. The 28 counties of the Springfield Diocese are Adams, Bond,Brown, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Clark, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar,Effingham, Fayette, Greene, Jasper, Jersey, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Menard,Moultrie, Montgomery, Morgan, Pike, Sangamon, Scott, and Shelby. For those of you who do contact Catholic Charities Legal Services, we would be very interested to hear your feedback. You can inform us at email@example.com
A number of our members are actively seeking locations to display the Illinois Father’s Tri-Fold brochure and periodically adding our Tri-Fold to the literature displays. If you would be willing to also actively seek out locations, (libraries, court houses, DCFS offices, churches, and other institutions), please send me an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you via UPS a small box containing approximately 250 printed and pre-folded Illinois Father’s Tri-Fold Bruchures.
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