Tag: Springfield

Getting to Zero Illinois Dinner in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — The Getting to Zero Illinois project will be hosting a dinner and education session in Springfield on Monday, Oct. 29. From their announcement page: We are here to think big and aim high to bring about an end to the HIV epidemic in all regions of Illinois! The Getting to Zero Illinois project…

Phoenix Center to hold Transgender 101 class

SPRINGFIELD — The Phoenix Center, the LGBTQ community center for central Illinois, will  hold a Transgender 101 class series for those wanting to be supportive of transgender friends and family. From the Facebook event: This class has been created for all of those people who call and want to learn more about being transgender. They…

Phoenix Center needs volunteers for HIV study

SPRINGFIELD — Phoenix Center, the LGBTQ community center of Springfield, is looking for study volunteers, Illinois HIV Care Connect said. From Illinois HIV Care Connect: The Phoenix Center in Springfield is conducting a study called “IMPACT,” with the SIU School of Medicine. They need men who fall into one of 4 categories: Living with HIV…

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…

Illinois passes Equal Rights Amendment

SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois House voted Wednesday to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Only one more state is needed to ratify the amendment. From the Chicago Sun-Times: Nearly a century after the amendment was drafted, the Illinois House voted 72-45 to ratify it following more than two hours of debate. Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan stood behind…

Illinois Senate passes LGBTQ curriculum bill

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would required the inclusion of LGBTQ contributions to the history curriculum in schools. Equality Illinois said in an announcement that the Inclusive Curriculum Bill, SB 3249, had passed the Senate with a 34-18 vote. Two Republicans joined all Senate Democrats in voting for…

Women’s groups plan marches for inauguration anniversary

SPRINGFIELD — A coalition of women’s groups from across the state are planning marches Chicago, Springfield and Carbondale on Jan. 20. According to a press release, Women’s March Chicago, Action Illinois and Women United Network are organizing statewide marches in celebration of the first anniversary of the Women’s Marches of 2017. Named the March on the Polls,…

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…