Category: Statewide

News that affects Illinois as a whole.

Equality Illinois criticizes Rauner for only appointing one openly LGBTQ person among 1,495

CHICAGO – On National Coming Out Day, when we should be celebrating the full diversity of the LGBTQ community in Illinois, Equality Illinois is extremely disappointed in the unbelievable lack of LGBTQ representation among the more than 400 appointments made by Governor Rauner to state boards and commissions during Fiscal Year 2018, the civil rights…

Human Rights Campaign endorses Pritzker for Illinois gov.

CHICAGO — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced on Tuesday that the organization was endorsing Democrat J.B. Pritzker for Illinois governor. “J.B. Pritzker has the vision and experience needed to build a stronger future for the hard-working families of Illinois,” said HRC Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof in a press…

Spreading the word about PrEP in the Prairie State

By Matt Simonette SPRINGFIELD — Jeffery Erdman and Michael Maginn, both officials with the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA), are working hard to make sure that providers, advocates and community members across the entirety of Illinois know about PrEP resources. Erdman, IPHA’s assistant director for programs and compliance, said that the PrEP intervention had been…

EI PAC calls on Rauner to stop contributions to anti-LGBTQ attorney general candidate

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois PAC on Friday called on Gov. Bruce Rauner to stop contributing to the attorney general campaign for Republican Erika Harold. Harold has in the past opposed LGBTQ-supportive policies, including marriage equality and a recent law making it easier for transgender people to update their birth certificates. Last month, Rauner told a…

Pulitzer Prize-Winning book censored in Illinois prisons

CHICAGO – On Thursday, attorneys filed a lawsuit on behalf of historian Heather Thompson, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy” was censored by Illinois prison officials. Attorneys from Uptown People’s Law Center and Sidley Austin LLP filed the lawsuit. It alleges that this censorship…

Equality Illinois PAC endorses White, Mendoza, and Frerichs for re-election in the general election

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO–The Equality Illinois PAC has announced endorsements for both local and statewide offices in this year’s general election. “We are proud to endorse a determined and dedicated slate of over 100 pro-equality candidates from across the state and in all corners of government,” said John Litchfield, chair of the Equality Illinois PAC, in a press…

Equality Illinois PAC issues endorsements for statewide offices

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois PAC, the political arm of Equality Illinois has endorsed candidates for Illinois governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. The PAC is endorsing JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton for governor and lieutenant governor. Brian Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois said both major party candidates were supporters of LGBTQ civil rights. He cited…

Rauner vetoes workplace discrimination bill

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner on Monday vetoed a bill that would have strengthened workplace protections in the Illinois Human Rights Act. Statewide group Equality Illinois was quick to react. “At a time when anti-equality forces are working overtime to establish licenses to discriminate and the next U.S. Supreme Court could begin to turn back…

Study: Diabetes risk higher among LGBTQ teens

EVANSTON — A Northwestern Medicne study released this week found that LGBTQ teens were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than heterosexual teens. The study, reported by Northwestern News Service, is among the first to examine how health behaviors linked to minority stress – the day-to-day stress faced by stigmatized and marginalized populations –…