Tag: Springfield

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…

Spreading the word about PrEP in the Prairie State

By Matt Simonette SPRINGFIELD — Jeffery Erdman and Michael Maginn, both officials with the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA), are working hard to make sure that providers, advocates and community members across the entirety of Illinois know about PrEP resources. Erdman, IPHA’s assistant director for programs and compliance, said that the PrEP intervention had been…

Getting to Zero Illinois Dinner in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD — The Getting to Zero Illinois project will be hosting a dinner and education session in Springfield on Monday, Oct. 29. From their announcement page: We are here to think big and aim high to bring about an end to the HIV epidemic in all regions of Illinois! The Getting to Zero Illinois project…

Phoenix Center to hold Transgender 101 class

SPRINGFIELD — The Phoenix Center, the LGBTQ community center for central Illinois, will  hold a Transgender 101 class series for those wanting to be supportive of transgender friends and family. From the Facebook event: This class has been created for all of those people who call and want to learn more about being transgender. They…

Phoenix Center needs volunteers for HIV study

SPRINGFIELD — Phoenix Center, the LGBTQ community center of Springfield, is looking for study volunteers, Illinois HIV Care Connect said. From Illinois HIV Care Connect: The Phoenix Center in Springfield is conducting a study called “IMPACT,” with the SIU School of Medicine. They need men who fall into one of 4 categories: Living with HIV…

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…

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…