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Pritzker appoints new human rights director

Jim Bennett (Photo from AIDS Foundation of Chicago FB page)

SPRINGFIELD — Jim Bennett was appointed as the new director for the Illinois Department of Human Rights by Gov. JB Pritzker this week.

From the State Journal-Register in Springfield:

A member of the city of Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame has been appointed director of the Department of Human Rights. Jim Bennett has served as Midwest regional director of Lambda Legal, the largest legal organization dedicated to securing full civil rights for the LGBTQ community. In 2013 he chaired Illinois Unites for Marriage, the coalition that worked to bring same-sex marriage to Illinois.

Bennett holds a master’s degree from the University of Illinois Springfield.

Both Equality Illinois and the AIDS Foundation of Chicago sent their congratulations on their Facebook. AFC also listed some of Bennett’s other past accomplishments:

During his 12-year career at Lambda Legal, Bennett was a lead strategist in Lambda Legal’s Illinois and Iowa marriage campaigns and successfully fought Indiana’s RFRA and their discriminatory ‘religious refusal’ laws. In 2013, he chaired Illinois Unites for Marriage, the statewide coalition that led the successful effort to win marriage equality in Illinois. Prior, Bennett served as acting senior external affairs director at Howard Brown Health, marketing and development director at the Shriver Cente, and several roles at the American Red Cross’ national and central Illinois regional offices.

He also won the Equality Illinois’ Freedom award in 2018.

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