Tag: politics

Equality Illinois makes endorsement in Chicago treasurer race

Equality Illinois

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois this week made a  endorsement in the race for Chicago treasurer. The organization usually endorses for positions in state government or mayors offices. Politico Illinois reported the endorsement in their Friday morning Illinois Playbook newsletter. Equality Illinois CEO Brian Johnson told Politico that his group was worried about the stances, or…

Newsaper: U.S. Ag Department pressured 4-H to change LGBTQ-friendly policy

DES MOINES — The Des Moines Register reported on Sunday that the the U.S. Agriculture Department under the Trump Administration pressured the national 4-H organization to withdraw a LGBTQ-friendly membership policy which also allowed a leader in Iowa to be pushed out. 4-H, an international youth organization that in the U.S. receives its funding from…

Congressional conservatives protest trade deal’s LGBTQ protections

WASHINGTON — Far-right members of Congress are objecting to LGBTQ protections that are part of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. The agreement, which replaces NAFTA, requires that workers be protected against discrimination, including orientation and gender identity. From Politico: “A trade agreement is no place for the adoption of social policy,” reads the letter, which carries the…

Champaign County elects state’s first gay sheriff

CHAMPAIGN — Among the many other firsts nationwide this election day, one was made in eastern Illinois- Champaign County elected the state’s first openly gay county sheriff. Dustin Heuerman, who ran as a Democrat, is a first-time office holder. He held an interview with local TV station WCIA about the transition to taking office. From…

LGBTQ candidates ride blue wave into Illinois offices

CHICAGO — While the blue wave in much of the country seemed like a small ripple, it was a high tide in Illinois races, with Democrats taking all statewide offices. LGBTQ candidates were among those winning office on Tuesday. Most of the candidates were in the Chicago metropolitan areas, but there were LGBTQ candidates and…

Nobody Is Above the Law protests pop up across Illinois

CHICAGO — Protest over the firing of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Session and Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker taking over supervision of the Mueller investigation were planned across the state on Thursday. While protests nationally were coordinated by MoveOn.org, Illinois actions were organized by local groups and individuals. Protestors are concerned that Whitaker, who had…