Lightfoot unveils LGBTQ agenda as Chicago mayor

CHICAGO — Lori Lightfoot, the only LGBTQ candidate for Chicago mayor, announced her LGBTQ on Thursday, Oct. 11, which was also National Coming Out Day. Lightfoot made the announcement with a press release posted on her website. Some of her planned initiatives include: City government: Actively recruit LGBTQ+ staff to serve in her administration, including…

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…

Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN to Ninth Circuit: Don’t breathe life into transgender military ban

PORTLAND – Lawyers in the lawsuit filed by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN challenging the Trump Administration’s plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services today urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to maintain the preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the discriminatory ban. Lawyers also asked the…

ACLU responds to Trump’s incorrect attacks on “Stop and Frisk” in Chicago

CHICAGO — Karen Sheley, Director, Police Practices Project, ACLU of Illinois, made the following statement after Donald Trump said that the Chicago police should use “stop and frisk” to fight violence in the city. “Today, President Trump attacked the ACLU’s 2015 agreement with the City of Chicago to ensure that police only use “stop and frisk” when…

Dining With Friends raffle winners announced

PEORIA — Central Illinois Friends announced the winners of their Dining with Friends raffle on a live Facebook video on Tuesday. The winners are: $25 to W.E. Sullivan’s Irish Pub and Fare – Jessica Johnson $25 to Sullivan’s Irish Pub – Debra Gonzales $50 to Scapecchi’s Supper Club – Tamara Fulton Overall winner for 2…