ISU’s Queer Coalition elects executive board

The Queer Coalition’s logo The Queer Coalition at Illinois State University (ISU) elected their first executive board in January. Elected on Jan. 29, ISU said the 10-person board will help set the trajectory for the organization during its first year as a faculty, staff, and graduate student affinity group at the school. In addition to four officers, the board also includes six members-at-large, four of whom represent specific employment classifications on campus. The coalition grew out of a previous LGBTQ

Biden administration suggests it will add “X” gender markers to federal documents

The ACLU has been in talks with the administration about the change, which would allow nonbinary and intersex people to get passports that reflect who they are. By Kate Sosin Originally published by The 19th After years of lobbying and lawsuits, nonbinary and intersex people may finally be getting passports that reflect who they are: LGBTQ+ advocates have been in talks with the Biden administration about executive action to add “X” gender markers to all federal documents, including passports and social security

ACLU of Illinois says criminal justice reform bill has wide support

According to a poll commisioned by the ACLU of Illinois has found that a large majority of the state's voters support the current criminal justice reform bill. The General Assembly passed the bill last month. According to NBC Chicago, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker is expected to sign the bill today. If signed, the bill would: Create uniformity during the review processPromote professionalismIncrease transparencyEliminate cash bailRequire records of police misconduct to be preservedRequire body cameras on all police in

LGBTQ orgs welcome Equality Act filing

LGBTQ organizations, both in Illinois and nationally, were thrilled with congressional Democrats resubmitting the Equality Act on Thursday. The act, if passed by both houses and signed by President Joe Biden, would give LGBTQ people nationally protections against discrimination in services, accommodations and employment. Currently, only 27 states have explicit protections for LGBTQ people. Illinois passed a law with the protections in 2005. "LGBTQIA+ citizens who live in Illinois enjoy equitable and inclusive legal

Rep. Mary Miller done got ratioed for this objectively terrible tweet

By Patrick Singer Has anyone checked in on IL-15 Rep. Mary Miller today? I wonder how she is feeling after this exchange on Twitter yesterday with someone who is objectively better at Twitter than she is, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Miller decided that she was going to chime in on the blame game Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and his fellow Republicans were putting out there for why Texas is in such bad shape right now. All of this follows the winter storm that has left millions without power and water for

ICPF seeks participants for Youth Engaged in Philanthropy

BLOOMINGTON – High school students in McLean, DeWitt, Livingston and Logan counties are sought to participate in Youth Engaged in Philanthropy (YEP) during the 2021-2022 school year. An initiative of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, YEP is a program in which high school students learn about philanthropy by allocating grant funds to local nonprofits. YEP provides opportunities to build leadership and teamwork skills while engaging participants in a unique, philanthropic experience. A nonprofit group, YEP funds

State says weather delaying federal vaccine delivery

The state of Illinois said on Tuesday that the severe winter weather hitting the country are delaying delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine. The federal government notified all states of COVID-19 vaccine delivery delays across the entire country because of the weather. The state said in a press release that it had vaccine to be delivered to its Strategic National Stockpile Receipt, Store, and Stage site in anticipation of adverse weather. Illinois is distributing that vaccine to many providers around the state, as weather


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