Tag: politics

Equality Illinois PAC endorses Villivalam for 8th State Senate District

CHICAGO–The Equality Illinois PAC, the political arm of Equality Illinois, has endorsed Ram Villivalam for the Illinois State Senate 8th District Democratic primary. “Ram Villivalam will be a champion for all residents of the 8th district, including LGBTQ residents,” said John Litchfield, chair of the Equality Illinois PAC, in a statement released Tuesday. “Villivalam’s record…

Anti-abortion groups sue over state abortion services funding law

SPRINGFIELD — Ten Illinois anti-abortion groups are suing over a law that allows Medicaid funds to be used for abortion services. The State Journal-Register of Springfield reported that organizations involved included Springfield Right to Life, the Diocese of Springfield and the Thomas More Society. From the State Journal-Register: The Thomas More Society filed the lawsuit…

Larry Flynt offers $10 million for dirt on 45

LOS ANGELES — Larry Flynt, the publisher of Hustler magazine, is offering $10 million for information that will get the current president out of office. From NBC: The bounty was also published in a full-page ad in the Washington Post, the Associated Press reported, and represents a 10-fold increase from a reward Flynt offered last October,…

Rauner meets with leaders of LGBTQ, allied organizations

CHICAGO – LGBTQ and allied groups met with Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday morning to discuss challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Illinoisans that might find remedy in actions by the state.

The issues discussed during the meeting at Equality Illinois, the state’s LGBTQ largest civil rights organization, included healthcare and human services, youth and schools, housing, immigration, LGBTQ cultural competency of state-funded programs, and the protection and promotion of civil rights.

LGBTQ forum with Democratic candidates for governor announced

CHICAGO — Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Illinoisans will have an opportunity to hear directly from the Democratic candidates for governor about the issues that impact our lives at a candidate forum in Chicago on Wednesday, December 6, a coalition of organizations that serve and advocate for LGBTQ Illinoisans announced Thursday. The “Illinois LGBTQ…

Pro-LGBTQ candidates win in local elections

CHICAGO–The Equality Illinois PAC celebrates major pro-LGBTQ victories in Tuesday’s local and school board elections, including the election of pro-trans school board candidates in races contested by anti-equality opponents and the election of six LGBTQ-identified candidates in Berwyn. In Palatine-based High School District 211, incumbents Anna Klimkowicz and Robert LeFevre and challenger Edward Yung prevailed…

Idealism, pragmatism and making a choice

When Bill Clinton was first elected President, I was 18 and a freshman in college. I was idealistic then. At 18, you should be. I remember feeling like we had created a new world. That anything was possible. In the next presidential election, I will be 42. Solidly middle-aged. I’m not (too) idealistic anymore. Ironically…

Public Forum on Future of the Fisk Plant Site

Occupy Chicago Press Committee On Tuesday, PERRO (Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization) will hold a public forum in conjunction with Alivio Medical Center, The Resurrection Project, and Pilsen Neighbors Community Council about what should happen with the Fisk coal plant site, once the coal fired power plant is shut down this coming September.  PERRO…