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    IMPORTANT request from Illinois Comptroller

    Dear Friends of Stem Cell Research,

    As most of you are aware, Governor Blagojevich signed an Executive Order yesterday establishing the ILLINOIS REGENERATIVE MEDICINE INSTITUTE and committing $10 MILLION IN PUBLIC FUNDS TO EMBRYONIC STEM CELL RESEARCH. We thank you all for your support in making stem cell research funding a reality in Illinois.

    We do have one small request of you. We would like you to voice your support of the Governor's action by writing a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. For your convenience, we will provide a sample letter in a subsequent email, but we would love for you to tell your story. The best argument for supporting stem cell research comes from your heart.

    Below are instructions for e-mailing the letters, as well as a list of Illinois newspapers with corresponding e-mail addresses. If you do not see your local newspaper on this list, you can look it up at http://www.usnpl.com/ilnews.html.


    Sincerely,

    Illinois Office of the Comptroller


    Instructions:

    I. All letters must contain:

    Name of author(s)
    Complete home (street) address
    Daytime telephone number
    II. Letters must be 250 words or less.



    List of Newspapers and email addresses:

    Belleville News-Democrat: letters@bnd.com

    Bloomington, The Pantagraph: bwills@pantagraph.com

    Carbondale, The Southern Illinoisan: letters@TheSouthern.com

    Champaign, The Champaign News-Gazette: letters@news-gazette.com

    Chicago Sun Times: letters@suntimes.com

    Chicago Tribune: ctc-TribLetter@Tribune.com

    Chicago Daily Southtown: news@dailysouthtown.com

    Daily Herald: fencepost@dailyherald.com

    Danville News Gazette: letters@news-gazette.com
    Decatur Herald & Review: ddawson@herald-review.com

    Kankakee, The Daily Journal: editorial@daily-journal.com

    Macomb Journal: news@macombjournal.com

    Mattoon Journal-Gazette: editorial@jg-tc.com

    Moline, The Dispatch: letters@qconline.com

    Naperville, The Sun Naperville: CSelle@scn1.com

    Paris Beacon-News : kjenison@parisbeacon.com

    Pekin Daily Times: link to website - http://www.pekintimes.com/letters/

    Peoria Journal Star: forum@pjstar.com

    Quincy Herald-Whig: mhilfrink@whig.com

    Rock Island Argus: letters@qconline.com
    Rockford Register Star: link to website - http://www.rrstar.com/ezaccess/conta...heeditor.shtml

    Springfield, The State Journal-Register: letters@sj-r.com

    Taylorville Breeze Courier: breezenews@ctitech.com

    #2
    I emailed this request to friends and family. Thanks for the post.

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      #3
      Sample Letter to the Editor

      Thanks dzskatgillespie!

      I also got a sample letter e-mailed to me, which some Ill CC members could use:

      To the Editor:

      The announcement this week by Governor Blagojevich and Comptroller Hynes that the state of Illinois will fund stem cell research gave us hope. Great advances in stem cell research are right around the corner, and now Illinois will be at the forefront in developing therapies and cures for debilitating disease.

      Though stem cell research is a relatively new field, this exploration has shown great promise for curing debilitating diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, ALS, Parkinson's, spinal cord injury, and heart disease, that affect millions of people. As Illinois puts real money into this research, the sky is the limit for how we can improve the lives of those who are suffering.

      Stem cell research is legal and it is already going on in Illinois hospitals and universities. The Governor's Executive Order ensures that research funded by the state is conducted ethically. With public funding comes proper public oversight.

      The action by the Governor and Comptroller allows those who are suffering to remain hopeful that stem cell research will yield a therapy or a cure. Our dreams have been delayed for long enough, thank you to all those who made this possible.

      Sincerely,

      Jane Doe

      123 Michigan Ave.

      Chicago, IL 60601

      312-222-2222

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        #4
        Letters sent to Tribune and Sun-Times.
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        "On November 2 the voice of the people was heard. I promise not to imitate it out of respect for the mentally retarded" - Lewis Black (Comedian)

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          #5
          Why spend $10M on a dead-end science?/opinion

          Why spend $10M on a dead-end science?


          Ethics aside, embryonic stem cell research has failed to produce any hope for cures. Tests conducted on animals have shown nothing but negative results. They develop cancer and other growths when injected with embryonic stem cells. Testing on humans appears in the distant future - and would you want to be the subject knowing embryonic stem cells cause cancer?

          Adult and umbilical cord stem cells, on the other hand, are already curing many children and adults. Cancer patients have been cured. Spinal cord injury patients are walking. The blind are seeing. There's even positive results in growing new heart and brain tissue.

          So for the life of me, I can't understand how Gov. Rod Blagojevich is so willing to spend $10 million on this dead-end science.

          Previous attempts to pass similar bills have all failed.

          The governor's arrogant disregard for the legislative process hurts us all.

          Kimberly Lee

          Schaumburg

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            #6
            For Immediate Release

            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
            August 29, 2005

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            Gov. Blagojevich and Comptroller Hynes encourage Missouri scientists and doctors to continue life-saving stem cell research in Illinois
            Governor and Comptroller send letter to dozens of Missouri researchers to explain new Illinois Regenerative Medicine Institute


            SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich and Comptroller Dan Hynes today sent a letter to thirty doctors and scientists currently conducting stem cell research in Missouri encouraging them to explore research opportunities in Illinois. Last month, the Governor and Comptroller made Illinois the first state in the Midwest, and only the fourth state in the nation, to commit public funds to the life-saving work of stem cell research. Studying stem cells allows scientists and doctors to better understand what causes serious medical illnesses and conditions in hopes of discovering new ways to treat or even cure them.

            “Staying on the cutting edge of stem cell research is critical to developing the cures of tomorrow. Here in Illinois, we’re advancing medical science by providing resources that will help stem cell researchers continue their groundbreaking work. Since the federal government has chosen to stall the medical advancements that will come with stem cell research, we believe it is up to the states to take action. Several states have chosen to suppress stem cell research, and other states have seen their programs held up in the partisan legislative process. Scientists in Missouri, for instance, have been forced to halt all recruiting and funding efforts for the Stowers Institute as the issue is debated. By making this new public funding available here, Illinois has become one of the nation’s leaders in providing resources for stem cell research. We encourage you to explore the possibility of moving to Illinois and leveraging our great research institutions, where many of your colleagues have found the freedom to explore the promise of stem cell research and its potential application for many of society’s most debilitating diseases,” wrote the Governor and the Comptroller.

































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              #7
              Illinois expands stem cell research invitation

              Illinois expands stem cell research invitation


              CHERYL WITTENAUER

              Associated Press



              ST. LOUIS - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who earlier this week invited 30 Missouri scientists and institutions to conduct stem cell research in his state, reached even deeper into the state's scientific community with 50 more invitations by week's end.

              Blagojevich's office said Friday it's received no response yet. Illinois is limiting the pursuit to Missouri, for now, as it debates whether it wants such research here.

              Gov. Matt Blunt, who supports stem cell research - a position at odds with that of some other Republicans - said Blagojevich "has exaggerated the picture in Missouri."

              He noted that Missouri legislators have never voted to ban embryonic stem cell research. Futher, he said earlier this week, "I don't believe we should criminalize it."

              But proponents of stem cell research, notably The Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, say the state needs to resolve a cloud of uncertainty, to prevent an exodus of researchers to other states.

              In July, Blagojevich authorized $10 million in state grants over the next year for research on stem cells including those harvested from embryos. The goal is to make Illinois a leader in the field and attract top medical minds.

              Missouri's life sciences environment, on the other hand, is not nearly as welcoming or encouraging, said Dr. Steven Teitelbaum, a bone cell researcher at Washington University School of Medicine.

              "Right now it's the Wild West," he said. "It's already impacted our recruiting program."

              Illinois' invitation has stoked an emotional issue that remains unresolved in the Missouri Legislature. Blunt spokesman Spence Jackson said stem cell research is not on the governor's abortion agenda for the upcoming special session.

              But Sen. Matt Bartle, R-Lee's Summit, who has introduced an unsuccessful bill to ban human cloning the last three years, said Friday he'd bring it up if "the opportunity presents itself" but doubts his bill will make any progress.

              Like Bartle, Missouri Right to Life lobbyist Susan Klein said she wants science to find cures through adult stem cell research and not by destroying a human embryo "before it has time to grow."

              She said embryonic stem cell research is human cloning and that Missouri has to stay on "the ethical side of science."

              Blagojevich's letter says it's up to the states to fund stem cell research in light of federal restrictions. Currently, any federally funded research is restricted to stem cell lines generated prior to August 2001, although Congress has indicated a willingness to expand them.

              Illinois expands stem cell research invitation


              CHERYL WITTENAUER

              Associated Press


              ST. LOUIS - Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who earlier this week invited 30 Missouri scientists and institutions to conduct stem cell research in his state, reached even deeper into the state's scientific community with 50 more invitations by week's end.

              Blagojevich's office said Friday it's received no response yet. Illinois is limiting the pursuit to Missouri, for now, as it debates whether it wants such research here.

              Gov. Matt Blunt, who supports stem cell research - a position at odds with that of some other Republicans - said Blagojevich "has exaggerated the picture in Missouri."

              He noted that Missouri legislators have never voted to ban embryonic stem cell research. Futher, he said earlier this week, "I don't believe we should criminalize it."

              But proponents of stem cell research, notably The Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, say the state needs to resolve a cloud of uncertainty, to prevent an exodus of researchers to other states.

              In July, Blagojevich authorized $10 million in state grants over the next year for research on stem cells including those harvested from embryos. The goal is to make Illinois a leader in the field and attract top medical minds.

              Missouri's life sciences environment, on the other hand, is not nearly as welcoming or encouraging, said Dr. Steven Teitelbaum, a bone cell researcher at Washington University School of Medicine.

              "Right now it's the Wild West," he said. "It's already impacted our recruiting program."

              Illinois' invitation has stoked an emotional issue that remains unresolved in the Missouri Legislature. Blunt spokesman Spence Jackson said stem cell research is not on the governor's abortion agenda for the upcoming special session.

              But Sen. Matt Bartle, R-Lee's Summit, who has introduced an unsuccessful bill to ban human cloning the last three years, said Friday he'd bring it up if "the opportunity presents itself" but doubts his bill will make any progress.

              Like Bartle, Missouri Right to Life lobbyist Susan Klein said she wants science to find cures through adult stem cell research and not by destroying a human embryo "before it has time to grow."

              She said embryonic stem cell research is human cloning and that Missouri has to stay on "the ethical side of science."

              Blagojevich's letter says it's up to the states to fund stem cell research in light of federal restrictions. Currently, any federally funded research is restricted to stem cell lines generated prior to August 2001, although Congress has indicated a willingness to expand them.


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