Category: Statewide

News that affects Illinois as a whole.

Illinois Women March on Springfield April 25 for progressive agenda, responsible budget

SPRINGFIELD — More than 50 organizations have joined a coalition to educate and organize around dozens of progressive bills being proposed in the Illinois House and Senate this session. They will bring together people across the state for the Illinois Women March on Springfield for a progressive agenda and responsible budget for all, Tuesday, April…

Illinois Leather Alliance looking for 2017 contestants

CHICAGO — The Illinois Leather Alliance is looking for contestants for this year’s contest at the Leather Archives & Museum on March 17 and 18 in Chicago. There are five contests people can enter: Illinois Leather Sir/Leather boy Contest The Illinois Leather Sir / Leather boy titleholders represent the sexual side of Leather. Leather Sir/Leather…

Modernizing birth certificate law to help Illinois’ transgender residents

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO – A proposal to update and modernize a more than half-century old law allowing people to change the gender marker on their Illinois birth certificate was filed today in the Illinois House. The measure, House Bill 1785, is sponsored by State Representative Greg Harris (13th District) and supported by organizations across the state, including…

Stopping discriminatory legislation targeting transgender students in Illinois

CHICAGO — As organizations that work with LGBTQ communities, we call on the Illinois General Assembly to reject discriminatory legislation introduced this week that would isolate and stigmatize transgender and gender non-conforming youth by forcing them to use separate restrooms and locker rooms from their peers in schools. House Bill 664 is sponsored by State…

Illinois comes out to march for women

CHICAGO — While Chicago had the largest in the state, and one of the largest in the country, sister marches to the Women’s March on Washington took place across Illinois, including traditionally conservative cities. The Chicago Tribune reported that about 250,000 people flooded into downtown to participate in the march. Organizers originally expected 40,000 when…