Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will launch a statewide cell phone drive in conjunction with Verizon Wirelessâ€™ HopeLine campaign on Monday, October 3 at events in Springfield and Chicago. Phones, batteries and accessories can be dropped off at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago or the State Capitol, Stratton or Howlett buildings in Springfield from October 3 to 7. For each phone, Verizon will donate $10 to the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence or the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, up to $10,000.
At the Springfield HopeLine launch, Simon will join representatives from the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ICADV) to release its first-ever state homicide report and advocate for better statewide tracking of domestic violence-related crimes.
In Chicago, Lt. Governor Simon will launch the HopeLine drive at a rally with the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Womenâ€™s Network and other advocacy agencies to raise awareness of domestic violence issues in the state and resources available to victims.
Those unable to visit the Thompson Center, State Capitol, Stratton or Howlett buildings during the week of October 3 can still donate their no-longer-used phones at any Verizon Wireless Communications Store at any time. To find the store closest to you, visit www.verizonwireless.com.
DATE: Monday, Oct. 3
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Event: Domestic Violence Awareness month proclamation with ICADV
Location: Governorâ€™s Capitol Office, 207 State House, Springfield, 62706
Time: 12 p.m.
Event: Domestic Violence Awareness rally with Chicago Metropolitan Battered Womenâ€™s Network
Location: James R. Thompson Center plaza, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago, 60601