Tag: Springfield

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…

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…

$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…

LGBT Curriculum Bill still alive in Illinois assembly

SPRINGFIELD — A bill that would require LGBTQ history to be taught in Illinois schools is moving through the state legislature again. The bill passed the State Senate last year, but didn’t go any further. NPR Illinois in Springfield reported that State Rep. Deborah Conroy (D-Villa Park) is cosponsoring the bill. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) is…

Pritzker appoints new human rights director

SPRINGFIELD — Jim Bennett was appointed as the new director for the Illinois Department of Human Rights by Gov. JB Pritzker this week. From the State Journal-Register in Springfield: A member of the city of Chicago’s Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame has been appointed director of the Department of Human Rights. Jim Bennett has…

Greg Harris named state House Majority Leader

SPRINGFIELD — Greg Harris, an out gay state representative, has just been named as House Majority Leader by Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan. Harris, 62, is the first out House Majority Leader in Illinois history, capping off a string of first for LGBTQ people in politics in the state, including the first gay county commissioner,…

Getting to Zero Illinois wants public feedback

SPRINGFIELD — Getting to Zero Illinois (GTZ-IL) is looking for public feedback on their draft plan to eliminate new HIV infections in Illinois. From the website: Getting to Zero Illinois (GTZ-IL) has developed a draft plan for 2019-2023, detailing a path toward virtually eliminating new HIV transmissions and improving overall health care access in Illinois by…