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Three Illinois cities rise in HRC Municipal Equality Index

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Champaign, Rockford and Springfield all raised their scores in the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Municipal Equality Index this year.

Champaign, home of the University of Illinois’ flagship campus, had the biggest jump. Their score went up 10 points to 94, the second highest rating in the state after Chicago. The increase comes from the city’s support of LGBTQ issues and employment.

Rockford had the second highest jump, going from 81 in 2020 to 89, the third highest in the state. Springfield went up two points from 68 to 70.

Chicago once again scored 100 out of 100 points, the only city in Illinois to reach that ranking. Carbondale, in the state’s most conservative region, kept its score of 49.

Read the full report here. Look at all the rankings for Illinois here.

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