Illinois Lawmakers Vote For LGBTQ Equality Along Party Lines

WASHINGTON — Illinois lawmakers voted along party lines Thursday, as the House of Representatives voted 224-206 to pass H.R. 5, titled the Equality Act, a bill to protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination. Listen to this story here. An earlier version of the bill passed the House once before in 2019, with the support of eight […]

Federal Court Denies State Motion In Transgender Prisoner Case

SPRINGFIELD — A federal district court in Southern Illinois denied a request Thursday from the Illinois Department of Corrections to dismiss a class-action lawsuit against the department for its treatment of transgender prisoners. That case, Monroe v. Jeffreys, was originally filed in 2018 as Monroe v. Rauner by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf […]

Parkland College Students Bury 2020 Chaos In Time Capsule

CHAMPAIGN – A rainbow flag, Black Lives Matter pins and a roll of toilet paper are among items Parkland College students recently ‘laid to rest’ in a time capsule featuring the events of 2020. Phi Theta Kappa, the Honors Society chapter at Parkland created the time capsule. The students buried the capsuled during a physically […]

2020 Champaign County Pride Fest Seeks To Make An Impact Online

URBANA — The 2020 Champaign County Pride Fest joins a long list of events that have had to move online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. What used to consist of parades, drag shows, film screenings, and other live events, has now become virtual workshops, Zoom sessions and online discussion panels. The slogan for this year’s […]

News Around Illinois – July 1, 2020

Wage Hike, Driving Privileges, Civics Address In New Laws SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — New Illinois state laws dictating minimum wage, certain driving offenses and LGBTQ history education in public schools will take effect Wednesday. Low-wage workers statewide will see a salary increase for the second time this year as required by a law signed last […]

Murals Celebrating LGBTQ Life To Be Installed In Chicago

CHICAGO  — Murals celebrating LGBTQ life will be coming to Chicago, including to the Magnificent Mile shopping district in the coming days. The work by Chicago artist Sam Kirk was on display in New York City during WorldPride last year, which marked the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots that helped spark the modern […]

Ex-GOP US Rep. Schock Says He’s Gay, Regrets Anti-Gay Stances

CHICAGO — Former Illinois U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has come out as gay in social media and web posts, saying he would do more  if he were in Congress today to support LGBTQ rights.   In the postings on Instagram and a webpage, the 38-year-old also describes his anguish at being rejected by members of […]