Tag: politics

Governor signs $15 minimum wage into law

SPRINGFIELD — On Thursday, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill that raised the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. The State Journal-Register of Springfield reported that this also fulfilled one of Pritzker’s campaign promises. From the State Journal-Register: Illinois is on track to be the first state in the Midwest to…

Indiana hate crimes bill moves to a senate vote

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana Sentate committee has voted a proposed hate crimes bill to the full senate for a vote. From FOX59 in Indianapolis: The committee heard nearly three hours of testimony from both supporters and opponents of the proposed bill. The biggest hang up for Indiana is whether the law would include specific classes, like sexual…

New Indiana bill could let pharmacist to give out abortion-inducing medicine

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana General Assembly is considering a bill that would let pharmacist refuse to give abortion-inducing medicine if they have moral or religious objections. From WTHR-TV in Indianapolis: The proposal endorsed by a state Senate committee would expand a current law that prevents doctors or hospital employees from being required to participate in…

New progressive caucus forms in the Illinois House

SPRINGFIELD — A group of Illinois House members have formed a caucus to push for progressive causes like cannabis legalization and campaign finance reform. The State Journal-Register of Springfield reported that the new Progressive Caucus announced goals at a press conference on Thursday. From the Journal-Register: Rep. Will Guzzardi, D-Chicago, said the formal structure of…

Art Johnston endorses Susana Mendoza for Chicago mayor

CHICAGO — LGBTQ donor and activist Art Johnston endorsed Susana Mendoza for mayor on Thursday. Johnston made the announcement in a video on Mendoza’s campaign site. Johnston is an owner at Chicago’s Sidetracks and a co-founder of Equality Illinois. Equality Illinois PAC endorsed Lori Lightfoot, the only LGBTQ candidate in the mayoral race, last week.…

$15 minimum wage bill could reach Pritzker this week

SPRINGFIELD — A vote on a $15 minimum wage in Illinois was scheduled for Thursday in the Illinois House and Democrats think it could be on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk the same day. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that it’s expected to pass with no Republican support. From the Sun-Times: We’ll call it on the floor…

First bill to legalize pot in Illinois filed

SPRINGFIELD — The first bill to legalize cannabis in Illinois has been submitted to the Illinois General Assembly. The Southern Illinoisan reported that Rep. Carol Ammons (D-Urbana) filed a bill that would actually go a bit further than other proposals. From The Southern Illinoisan: Ammons’ bill, the “Cannabis Legalization Equity Act,” would allow anyone 21…

LGBTQ orgs react to SOTU pledge to end HIV transmissions

WASHINGTON — LGBTQ organization expressed a lot of doubt in response to Trump reportedly planning to promise to end HIV transmissions by 2030. From Politico: Under Trump’s 10-year strategy, health officials would target the U.S. communities with the most HIV infections and work to reduce transmissions by 2030. The strategy has been championed by top…