Category: Statewide

News that affects Illinois as a whole.

Equality Illinois PAC endorses White, Mendoza, and Frerichs for re-election in the general election

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO–The Equality Illinois PAC has announced endorsements for both local and statewide offices in this year’s general election. “We are proud to endorse a determined and dedicated slate of over 100 pro-equality candidates from across the state and in all corners of government,” said John Litchfield, chair of the Equality Illinois PAC, in a press…

Equality Illinois PAC issues endorsements for statewide offices

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois PAC, the political arm of Equality Illinois has endorsed candidates for Illinois governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. The PAC is endorsing JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton for governor and lieutenant governor. Brian Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois said both major party candidates were supporters of LGBTQ civil rights. He cited…

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…

Study: Diabetes risk higher among LGBTQ teens

EVANSTON — A Northwestern Medicne study released this week found that LGBTQ teens were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than heterosexual teens. The study, reported by Northwestern News Service, is among the first to examine how health behaviors linked to minority stress – the day-to-day stress faced by stigmatized and marginalized populations –…

Equality Illinois asks for Advisory Board applications

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO — Statewide LGBTQ rights group Equality Illinois is asking for members of the Illinois LGBTQ communities to join its advisory board. From the EI website: As part of our commitment to an ongoing dialogue with stakeholders across Illinois, Equality Illinois launched the Community Advisory Group in 2016. The group is a diverse cross-section of voices…

Illinois rated second best state for LGBTQ families in country

CHICAGO — Despite a long list of problems, mostly financial, Illinois was ranked as the second best state in the country for LGBTQ families in a recent ranking by Move.org. Illinois came in just behind California and ahead of Hawaii. Move.org listed plenty of reasons for while Illinois ranked so high. The state’s anti-discrimination laws …

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…