Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation to expand demographic data collection and reporting by the State of Illinois on Friday, Aug. 20.
Advocates said that the bill will help recognize and tackle disparities regarding marginalized communities’ access to and use of critical state programs and services. With the expanded data collection and reporting and subsequent analysis and research, the state and advocates can craft future policy solutions to solve problems facing Illinoisans, including LGBTQ people.
Under SB 2133, ten state agencies and the Illinois State Board of Education are required to report out on the aggregated age, sex, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and primary or preferred language demographic data of individuals who utilize major services administered by state government. It builds on the existing requirement in the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus’ educational pillar passed earlier this year that state agencies report out on racial and ethnic demographic data.
SB 2133 was sponsored by Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris (D-Chicago) and State Sen. Mike Simmons (D-Chicago). Advocating for SB 2133 are AIDS Foundation Chicago, Center on Halsted, Equality Illinois, Howard Brown Health, Pride Action Tank, SAGE, and Northwestern University’s Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance Program.