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Pass a Responsible Budget

Issues Pending Legislation | April 23, 2015

Budget memeThe legislature is working on Gov. Rauner’s proposed budget, which calls for drastic funding cuts in programs that protect the health and safety of Illinoisans.

Equality Illinois is part of the Responsible Budget Coalition, which is committed to preserving vital services for Illinois families and communities. We must fight against poverty, ensure access to health care and housing, and cultivate an environment where every person is safe and secure in their school, workplace, and neighborhood. The budget must demonstrate these priorities.

Encourage the General Assembly and Gov. Rauner to act responsibly.



2015 Legislative Agenda

Issues Stay Informed | April 17, 2015

MEME2015AgendaAdvocates from across Illinois visited the state Capitol this week to discuss a broad agenda of bills that directly impact the #LGBT community across our state, from HB217 ending harmful conversion therapy to a budget that protects vital services for all LGBT Illinoisans.

This year, we are working on more than 25 pieces of legislation that will advance full equal treatment and protections for all LGBT Illinoisans.

The bill to protect LGBT youth from harmful and ineffective conversion therapy is teed up for a vote expected next week in the Illinois House.

And a measure to enhance Illinois Hate Crime protections sailed through the House this week 112-0 and next sees action in the Senate.


Illinois LGBT Protections and Religious Freedom

Anti-Discrimination Faith & Freedom | March 28, 2015

IndianaEquality Illinois denounces new laws in Indiana and under consideration in other states allowing the use of religious beliefs to discriminate and refuse service to LGBT people and other minorities, and rejects comparisons to the religious freedom law in Illinois.

In acting as if the new law is a benign effort at ensuring religious freedom, officials in Indiana, Arkansas and elsewhere have cited Illinois as one state that already has such laws. While a religious freedom law has been on the books in Illinois since 1998, that’s only half the story.

Both the Indiana and Illinois laws say there must be a compelling governmental interest to burden a person’s exercise of religion, but only Illinois provides that compelling governmental interest in the LGBT-inclusive Illinois Human Rights Act and an active Department of Human Rights to enforce it.


LGBT Advocacy Day

Equality Illinois Event Pending Legislation | March 26, 2015

LGBT Advocacy Day E-mail GraphicEquality Illinois is holding our annual LGBT Advocacy Day on Wednesday, April 15 at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

It’ll be a great opportunity to talk to lawmakers about legislation that affects the LGBT community. Our agenda includes strengthening hate crimes legislation, protecting LGBT youth from ineffective and dangerous conversion therapy, and saving important funding for public services in the state budget.

Registration for a bus ticket from the Chicago area includes admission for one round trip to Springfield, lunch, and registration to the LGBT Advocacy Day.  Or you can drive on your own from anywhere in the state and participate in our program when you arrive. Share your plans on social media with #LGBTadvocacy.