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Drag-show-finally-takes-place-at-UpRising-Bakery-and-Cafe

  Drag show finally takes place at UpRising Bakery and Cafe

After a series of events that encompassed everything from vandalism to meetings with village officials to a visit from Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, LGBTQ+-owned Lake in the Hills business UpRising Bakery and Cafe finally held its ...


 
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  NATIONAL Okla. schools, Tenn. lawsuit, political items, Mich. library

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Oklahoma public schools have started requiring students from kindergarten to college to complete "biological sex affidavits" if they want to compete in school sports, in accordance with a state law that took effect earlier this year, ...


 
WORLD-Zelensky-French-position-UK-drag-queen-shows-triathlons

  WORLD Zelensky, French position, UK drag-queen shows, triathlons

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed he will ask Ukraine's government to look into legalizing same-sex marriage after the war with Russia ends, PinkNews reported. Ukraine's constitution defines marriage as between a man and a woman. Last ...


 
Uganda-government-forces-LGBTQ-group-to-shut-down

  Uganda government forces LGBTQ+ group to shut down

An LGBTQI+-rights group in Uganda said the country's government forced it to shut down, according to The Washington Blade. Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), in a press release, said Uganda's National ...


 
Pritzker-visits-UpRising-Bakery-and-Cafe

  Pritzker visits UpRising Bakery and Cafe

On Aug. 5, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker met with Corrina Sac, owner of Lake in the Hills business UpRising Bakery and Café, as well as leaders from Equality Illinois and Woodstock Pride and Illinois state Rep. ...


 
POLITICS-Milwaukee-gets-RNC-in-24-Chicago-among-DNC-hopefuls

  POLITICS Milwaukee gets RNC in '24; Chicago among DNC hopefuls

Milwaukee will host the 2024 Republican National Convention (RNC). According to Politico, RNC committee chair Ronna McDaniel tweeted, "I am excited to announce that the RNC has voted unanimously to select Milwaukee as the host city ...


 
Indiana-Gov-Holcomb-signs-bill-banning-most-abortions

  Indiana Gov. Holcomb signs bill banning most abortions

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed a bill that would ban most abortions—making it the first state to pass a restrictive law against the procedure since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade earlier this ...


 
CDPH-community-partners-provide-monkeypox-update-as-Market-Days-nears

  CDPH, community partners provide monkeypox update as Market Days nears

With the event known as Northalsted Market Days happening Aug. 6-7—and with tens of thousands of people expected to attend—the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and community partners held a press conference Aug. 4 about ...


 
Sinema-plans-to-sign-on-Senate-Democrats-climate-health-and-tax-bill

  Sinema plans to sign on Senate Democrats' climate, health and tax bill

U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) announced Aug. 4 that she will "move forward" with Democrats' massive climate, prescription drug and spending bill, after fellow party members appeared to reach an agreement about her concerns with the ...


 
-Cook-County-Commissioner-Morrison-calls-for-hearing-to-address-monkeypox-outbreak

  Cook County Commissioner Morrison calls for hearing to address monkeypox outbreak

-- From a press release

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Aug, 4, 2022 —Cook County Commissioner Kevin Morrison (District 15) has introduced a resolution calling for a public hearing in the Cook County Health and Hospitals Committee that will convene Monday, Aug. 8, ...


 
Bailey-faces-backlash-after-abortion-Holocaust-comment

  Bailey faces backlash after abortion/Holocaust comment

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey is facing backlash after footage from 2017 showed him comparing abortion to the Holocaust, according to NBC Chicago. "The attempted extermination of the Jews of World War II doesn't even ...


 
Voters-preserve-abortion-rights-in-red-state-Kansas

  Voters preserve abortion rights in red state Kansas

In the first abortion-related election since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, Kansas voters have rejected a proposed constitutional amendment that would have specified that the right to terminate a pregnancy is not protected, ...


 
LGBTQ-trailblazer-Jim-Obergefell-wins-primary-in-Ohio-advances-to-November-election

  LGBTQ trailblazer Jim Obergefell wins primary in Ohio, advances to November election

-- From a press release

Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed candidate Jim Obergefell advanced to the November election after running unopposed in the Democratic primary for Ohio state House District 89. He is the named plaintiff of the ...


 
HRC-commends-White-House-Monkeypox-MPV-Coordinator-appointments-calls-for-greater-federal-response-

  HRC commends White House Monkeypox (MPV) Coordinator appointments; calls for greater federal response

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, commended the Biden Administration for appointing Robert Fenton and ...


 
Pritzker-issues-monkeypox-public-health-emergency-declaration

  Pritzker issues monkeypox public-health emergency declaration

-- From a press release

CHICAGO—Gov. JB Pritzker issued a proclamation declaring the monkeypox virus a public health emergency and declaring the state of Illinois a disaster area regarding the disease. The declaration, which applies to the entire state, will allow ...


 
Vallas-speaks-at-event-of-group-known-for-anti-LGBTQ-views-91UPDATE93

  Vallas speaks at event of group known for anti-LGBTQ+ views [UPDATE]

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO and current mayoral candidate Paul Vallas spoke at a fundraiser for Awake Illinois—a group that has been criticized for its transphobic and homophobic rhetoric, The Chicago Reader reported. The group hosted ...


 
Senate-vote-on-marriage-bill-pushed-back-to-September

  Senate vote on marriage bill pushed back to September

Hope for a quick vote on the Respect for Marriage Act in the U.S. Senate this week has faded, but U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin said over the weekend that she has 10 Republican senators willing to ...


 
Lollapalooza-to-be-in-Chicago-for-at-least-the-next-10-years

  Lollapalooza to be in Chicago for at least the next 10 years

Get ready to see a lot more musical acts, crop tops and (mostly younger) people in Grant Park for at least the next decade of summers. Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced July 31 that the ...


 
NATIONAL-Lesbian-activist-dies-school-report-Robin-Roberts-Joe-Rogan

  NATIONAL Lesbian activist dies, school report, Robin Roberts, Joe Rogan

Rita Addessa—a civil-rights activist and the first executive director of the Philadelphia Lesbian and Gay Task Force (PLGTF, later the Pennsylvania Lesbian and Gay Task Force)—passed away July 9 at Penn Hospice in Philadelphia at age ...


 
Cook-County-prosecutor-resigns-cites-no-respect-for-Kim-Foxxs-leadership

  Cook County prosecutor resigns, cites no respect for Kim Foxx's leadership

A top Cook County prosecutor resigned, saying he "can't continue to work for an administration I don't respect," according to Yahoo! News. Assistant Cook County State's Attorney Jim Murphy stepped down July 29 after 25 years ...


 
Michigan-court-State-law-protects-LGBTQ-people

  Michigan court: State law protects LGBTQ+ people

A landmark ruling from the Michigan Supreme Court held that state law prohibits businesses, landlords and others from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity, The Detroit Free Press reported. The five-to-two decision will have ...


 
New-York-San-Francisco-issue-monkeypox-declarations

  New York, San Francisco issue monkeypox declarations

Public health agencies for New York state and San Francisco issued monkeypox declarations July 28 to try to cope with the continued spread of the virus, NBC News reported. "This declaration means that local health departments ...


 
Texas-lawmaker-attorney-targets-Chicago-law-firm-over-subject-of-abortion

  Texas lawmaker/attorney targets Chicago law firm over subject of abortion

A Texas legislator who is part of a legislative caucus that recently accused the Chicago-based Sidley Austin law firm of appearing to be "complicit in illegal abortions" is an attorney employed by another major U.S. law ...


 
Biden-reportedly-offers-arms-dealer-in-exchange-for-Griner-Whelan

  Biden reportedly offers arms dealer in exchange for Griner, Whelan

After months of internal debate, the Biden administration has offered to exchange Viktor Bout, a convicted Russian arms trafficker serving a 25-year prison sentence in Illinois, as part of a potential deal ...


 
Quigley-reiterates-call-for-Monkeypox-Public-Health-Emergency

  Quigley reiterates call for Monkeypox Public Health Emergency

-- From a press release

Kyiv, Ukraine — U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Vice Chair of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, and Chair of the Subcommittee on Financial Services ...


 
Indiana-Senate-committee-adds-restrictions-to-abortion-bill

  Indiana Senate committee adds restrictions to abortion bill

An Indiana Senate committee voted to add criminal penalties to the bill that would ban most abortions, after severe backlash to the bill from anti-abortion groups who thought it didn't go far enough to restrict abortion, ...


 
Lightfoot-office-launch-new-disability-employment-center-

  Lightfoot, office launch new disability employment center

-- From a press release

CHICAGO - Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) today announced the launch of a new MOPD Career Center. The MOPD Career Center, 2102 W. Ogden Ave., will assist people ...


 
Billy-Masters

  Billy Masters

"First of all, I'm glad to have a president who can ride a bicycle."—Pete Buttigieg's response to Rep. Troy Nehls' quip that Biden "falls off bicycles." Anyone can sue over anything. There is no guilt or ...


 
NATIONAL-Miami-textbooks-Lia-Thomas-Florida-churches-Key-West-figure-dies

  NATIONAL Miami textbooks, Lia Thomas, Florida churches, Key West figure dies

Miami-Dade County students could go months without sex-education books after school board members, by a five-to-four vote, rejected two proposed textbooks over concerns they violate the state's Parental Rights in Education bill, known by opponents as ...


 
Fifteen-organizations-receive-funding-from-Illinois-African-American-HIV-AIDS-Response-Act

  Fifteen organizations receive funding from Illinois African American HIV/AIDS Response Act

-- From a press release

CHICAGO, IL — JULY 22, 2022 — Thirteen African American-led community-based organizations (of 15 possible as the maximum) in Illinois have been awarded grants ranging up to $500,000+ from the ...


 
Another-Chicago-alderperson-announces-retirement

  Another Chicago alderperson announces retirement

Chicago Ald. Michele Smith announced that she will leave office after 11 years, NBC 5 Chicago reported. Smith—whose 43rd Ward includes parts of Gold Coast, Lincoln Park and Old Town—announced that she will retire from her ...


 
Victory-Fund-Historic-number-of-LGBTQ-people-running-for-office-this-year

  Victory Fund: Historic number of LGBTQ people running for office this year

-- From a press release

Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, released exclusive data about out LGBTQ people running for office in 2022. With at least 1,008 out ...


 
Schakowsky-arrested-during-abortion-rights-rally-Quigley-takes-legislative-action

  Schakowsky arrested during abortion-rights rally; Quigley takes legislative action

Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakosky and more than a dozen other Democratic members of Congress were arrested by Capitol Police on July 19 during an abortion-rights protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court, CBS News reported. U.S. Capitol ...


 
Cook-County-treasurers-report-Redlining-has-led-to-cities-Black-exoduses

  Cook County treasurer's report: Redlining has led to cities' Black exoduses

A new Cook County treasurer's office study, "Maps of Inequality: From Redlining to Urban Decay and the Black Exodus" details how federal government-sanctioned housing discrimination from the 1940s brought about urban decay and the ensuing exodus ...


 
US-House-passes-Respect-for-Marriage-Act

  U.S. House passes Respect for Marriage Act

On July 19, almost 50 House Republicans joined Democrats to pass legislation that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enshrine marriage equality into federal law, Axios reported. The legislation, approved 267-157, is part of ...


 
Gay-Illinois-candidate-named-to-Red-to-Blue-list

  Gay Illinois candidate named to 'Red to Blue' list

Openly gay congressional candidate Eric Sorensen has been named to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's "Red to Blue" list. According to a press release, the "list is a highly competitive ...


 
Ted-Cruz-wants-marriage-equality-revoked

  Ted Cruz wants marriage equality revoked

To the surprise of few, a leading Republican figure would like marriage equality overturned. On July 16, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said the U.S. Supreme Court was "clearly wrong" and "overreaching" when it legalized same-sex ...


 
WORLD-Argentina-report-Gay-Games-conversion-therapy-Ukraine-petition

  WORLD Argentina report, Gay Games, conversion therapy, Ukraine petition

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), in partnership with Instituto de Políticas Publicas LGBT, released its first-ever, Argentina-focused HRC Equidad AR: Global Workplace Equality Program report, a press release noted. ...


 
NATIONAL-Victory-Fund-Hawaii-bills-anti-sodomy-laws-PrEP-access

  NATIONAL Victory Fund, Hawaii bills, anti-sodomy laws, PrEP access

LGBTQ Victory Fund, the only national organization dedicated to electing LGBTQ leaders to public office, announced Sean Meloy's return as vice president of political programs—a role he held for more than four years until announcing his ...


 
Mayor-Lightfoot-unveils-Plan-for-Citywide-Equity-Resiliency-

  Mayor Lightfoot unveils Plan for Citywide Equity, Resiliency

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced Chicago's first-ever citywide plan, drafted by neighborhood residents and community leaders, which is now available for public comment and discussion through the fall. As a 10-year framework to enhance ...


 
ELECTIONS-Fioretti-running-for-office-again-this-time-as-a-Republican

  ELECTIONS Fioretti running for office again, this time as a Republican

Bob Fioretti—an attorney/partner at Roth Fioretti LLC and former Chicago alderman who has unsuccessfully run for other offices as a Democrat—is now running for Cook County board president as a Republican, Politico reported. Fioretti, 69, has ...


 
House-music-icon-jumps-into-Chicago-aldermanic-race

  House-music icon jumps into Chicago aldermanic race

A new candidate in one of Chicago's aldermanic contests may be a familiar figure to fans of house music. Julian "Jumpin'" Perez—known as one of the godfathers of house music in Chicago—is seeking to unseat 26th ...


 
Pritzker-appoints-Dr-Sameer-Vohra-to-lead-IDPH-succeeding-Dr-Ngozi-Ezike

  Pritzker appoints Dr. Sameer Vohra to lead IDPH, succeeding Dr. Ngozi Ezike

-- From a press release

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. JB Pritzker has appointed Dr. Sameer Vohra, a distinguished pediatrician and healthcare policy expert, to lead the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) beginning August 1. Dr. Vohra, the Founding Chair of the ...


 
NATIONAL-California-ban-HBCUs-silent-disco-defaced-banner

  NATIONAL California ban, HBCUs, silent disco, defaced banner

California is banning state-funded travel to four states that passed laws this year prohibiting transgender women and girls from competing in school sports according to their gender identities, The Sacramento Bee reported. State agencies will no ...


 
White-House-Office-of-National-AIDS-Policy-hosts-historic-Prosecutor-Roundtable-on-HIV-Criminal-Law

  White House Office of National AIDS Policy hosts historic Prosecutor Roundtable on HIV Criminal Law

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON — On June 30, 2022, the Center for HIV Law & Policy (CHLP) and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), in partnership with the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, brought together the nation's ...


 
-Lightfoot-to-travel-to-London-Paris-to-highlight-Chicagos-economy-

  Lightfoot to travel to London, Paris to highlight Chicago's economy

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot will lead a delegation of City officials and business leaders on a five-day trip to London and Paris on July 11-15. The mayor will meet with city and business leaders ...


 
UK-Prime-Minister-Boris-Johnson-resigns-

  UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson resigns

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has resigned, ending an unprecedented political crisis over his future that has paralyzed Britain's government, USA Today reported. He said he will stay in office until the Conservative Party selects a new leader who will ...


 
British-PM-Boris-Johnson-deals-with-multiple-resignations

  British PM Boris Johnson deals with multiple resignations

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's leadership is hanging by a thread after the resignations of two of his most high-profile ministers and several other top officials and ministerial aides in the last 24 hours, CNBC reported. ...


 
Brittney-Griner-pleads-to-Biden-for-release

  Brittney Griner pleads to Biden for release

Brittney Griner has appealed to President Joe Biden in a letter passed to the White House through her representatives, NPR reported. In the letter, Griner said she feared she might never return home and asked that ...


 
WORLD-KyivPride-Romanian-bill-marriage-items-Cynthia-Erivo

  WORLD KyivPride, Romanian bill, marriage items, Cynthia Erivo

Ukraine's largest LGBTQ+-rights event, KyivPride, went ahead as a peace march—in Warsaw, Poland, CNBC reported. It joined Warsaw's yearly Equality Parade, the largest such event in central Europe, using it as a platform to keep international ...


 
Rapinoe-Biles-among-Medal-of-Freedom-honorees

  Rapinoe, Biles among Medal of Freedom honorees

Out lesbian soccer player Megan Rapinoe and famed gymnast Simone Biles are among 17 people who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden, media outlets noted. Some of the other honorees include ...


 
New-MAP-analysis-How-states-rank-on-voting-democracy-compared-to-LGBTQ-equality

  New MAP analysis: How states rank on voting & democracy compared to LGBTQ equality

-- From a press release

As we wrap up Pride Month, we at the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) are sharing new analyses utilizing our LGBTQ Equality Maps, which track 50+ LGBTQ state laws and policies, and our new Democracy Maps, which ...


 
Chicago-LGBTQ-leaders-activists-reflect-on-Pride-Month-at-event-state-Sen-Simmons-hosts

  Chicago LGBTQ+ leaders, activists reflect on Pride Month at event state Sen. Simmons hosts

On June 29, Illinois first out gay state senator, Mike Simmons, hosted a press conference featuring Chicago LGBTQ+ leaders and activists at Gerber/Hart Library and Archives. Speakers included Simmons; Gerber/Hart ...


 
LPAC-endorses-Chicago-Mayor-Lori-Lightfoot-for-re-election

  LPAC endorses Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for re-election

-- From a press release

LPWashington, DC — LPAC, the national political organization dedicated to electing more LGBTQ women to public office, announced today it has endorsed Lori Lightfoot as she seeks re-election as Mayor of Chicago. LPAC is committed to ...


 
-Lightfoots-Womens-Advisory-Council-releases-report-on-economic-impacts-of-COVID-on-Chicago-women-

  Lightfoot's Women's Advisory Council releases report on economic impacts of COVID on Chicago women

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — Today, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot's Women's Advisory Council (WAC), in partnership with World Business Chicago, Women Employed, and Civic Consulting Alliance, published Creating a More Equitable Recovery: Addressing ...


 
Wisconsin-governor-challenges-abortion-ban

  Wisconsin governor challenges abortion ban

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul have filed a lawsuit seeking to block the state's 173-year-old ban on abortions, asking a state court to declare the law unenforceable, ABC 7 Chicago reported. In ...


 
ELECTIONS-LGBTQ-primary-candidates-experience-varied-results

  ELECTIONS LGBTQ+ primary candidates experience varied results

LGBTQ+ candidates running for office in the 2022 primary contests throughout Illinois got mixed results, according to results as of June 29. In the 13th District, state Rep. and House Majority Leader Greg Harris is stepping ...


 
Survey-Americans-hold-complex-views-on-gender-identity-and-trans-Issues

  Survey: Americans hold complex views on gender identity and trans+ Issues

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 28, 2022) — As the United States addresses issues of transgender rights and the broader landscape around gender identity continues to shift, the American public holds a complex set of views around these ...


 
2022-PRIMARY-ELECTIONS-Pritzker-Jackson-Bailey-among-winners

  2022 PRIMARY ELECTIONS Pritzker, Jackson, Bailey among winners

The Illinois primary elections took place June 28—and there was a mix of the expected and the surprising. In the governor's race, incumbent JB Pritzker easily won the Democratic primary over Beverly Miles (93% ...


 
Equal-Employment-Opportunity-Commission-adds-X-gender-marker-to-charge-intake-process

  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission adds X gender marker to charge intake process

-- From a press release

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today full implementation of the opportunity to select a nonbinary "X" gender marker during the intake process for filing a charge of discrimination. "By adding a ...


 
ELECTIONS-Giannoulias-speaks-about-secretary-of-state-contest

  ELECTIONS Giannoulias speaks about secretary of state contest

Former State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias has been mounting a primary run to be Illinois secretary of state. Giannoulias, who held the office from 2007-2011 and ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010 (he lost to former ...


 
Politicians-attend-Equality-Illinois-pre-Parade-reception

  Politicians attend Equality Illinois' pre-Parade reception

Before Chicago's 2022 Pride Parade, Equality Illinois held a reception for elected officials, candidates and community leaders at Fat Cat Bar. Among those who were slated to attend were Gov. JB Pritzker and First Lady MK ...


 
US-House-passes-resolution-urging-Griners-release-

  U.S. House passes resolution urging Griner's release

The U.S. House passed a bipartisan resolution calling on the Russian government to immediately release WNBA star Brittney Griner, CNN reported. "Not a day goes by that we aren't thinking of Brittney and working to get ...


 
ELECTIONS-Ald-Pat-Dowell-talks-congressional-run-Brittney-Griner-LGBTQs

  ELECTIONS Ald. Pat Dowell talks congressional run, Brittney Griner, LGBTQs

At the beginning of this year, Illinois Congressman Bobby Rush (D-1st District) announced that he was retiring from federal office. Almost immediately, several people announced their intentions to succeed him. (The total number is now at ...


 
NATIONAL-Bidens-proposal-VP-Harris-Elizabeth-Taylor-outbreak-candidates

  NATIONAL Biden's proposal, VP Harris, Elizabeth Taylor, outbreak, candidates

Lambda Legal issued a press release lauding the Biden administration for issuing proposed regulations that will help protect LGBTQI+ youth against unlawful discrimination. The proposed rules, issued by the U.S. ...


 
ELECTIONS-Judicial-candidate-Brad-Trowbridge-on-a-repeat-run-objectivity-Kyle-Rittenhouse-

  ELECTIONS Judicial candidate Brad Trowbridge on a repeat run, objectivity, Kyle Rittenhouse

If Brad Trowbridge's face looks familiar from Windy City Times' election-related articles, that would make sense. The openly gay attorney has run in local judicial races three times, narrowly losing in 2020. Trowbridge recently talked with ...


 
Maggie-Trevor-among-latest-group-of-Victory-Fund-endorsed-candidates

  Maggie Trevor among latest group of Victory Fund-endorsed candidates

Cook County Board of Commissioners candidate Maggie Trevor is included in the most recent group of political incumbents and candidates with the backing of LGBTQ Victory Fund. LGBTQ Victory Fund endorsed 23 more out LGBTQ candidates, ...


 
Preckwinkle-unveils-preliminary-budget-forecast-for-fiscal-year-2023

  Preckwinkle unveils preliminary budget forecast for fiscal year 2023

-- From a press release

(COOK COUNTY, IL) — Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today released the preliminary forecast for the County's Fiscal Year 2023 showing a projected gap of $18.2 million. This represents the County's smallest budget gap sinc ...


 
ELECTIONS-2022-Activist-Rick-Garcia-talks-about-MWRD-race

  ELECTIONS 2022 Activist Rick Garcia talks about MWRD race

Longtime LGBTQ+-rights activist Rick Garcia is among those who entered the June 28 primary to win a seat on the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District's (MWRD) board of commissioners. Longtime Commissioner Debra Shore, who is a lesbian, ...


 
Gov-Pritzker-expands-state-license-plate-options-to-include-Chicago-Sky-Red-Stars-and-Fire

  Gov. Pritzker expands state license plate options to include Chicago Sky, Red Stars and Fire

-- From a press release

CHICAGO — Governor JB Pritzker signed HB4434 into law today, expanding the options of professional sports team license plates Illinoisans can choose from at the Secretary of State. The change, which adds the Chicago Fire, the ...


 
Illinois-Kwame-Raoul-joins-VP-Harris-other-attorneys-general-to-discuss-reproductive-rights-

  Illinois' Kwame Raoul joins VP Harris, other attorneys general to discuss reproductive rights

-- From a press release

Washington — Attorney General Kwame Raoul joined Vice President Kamala Harris as well as Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and California Chief Deputy Attorney General Venus Johnson for a roundtable discussion ...


 
Controversial-pastor-Rev-James-Meeks-announces-retirement

  Controversial pastor Rev. James Meeks announces retirement

Salem Baptist Church Senior Pastor Rev. James Meeks announced he is retiring next January. The church has more than 9,000 members, according to its website. The vision statement is that Salem is "a multi-generational church focused ...


 
ELECTIONS-Guide-to-the-LGBTQs

  ELECTIONS Guide to the LGBTQ+s

This year's primary elections—taking place Tuesday, June 28, although people can vote now—will feature many openly LGBTQ+ candidates throughout Illinois. (However, one notable name will be missing as longtime state ...


 
NATIONAL-Sec-of-state-Palm-Center-judicial-nominees-Detroit-bar

  NATIONAL Sec. of state; Palm Center; judicial nominees; Detroit bar

Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a roundtable with six LGBTQI reporters at the State Department, according to The Washington Blade. It was the first time a secretary of state sat down with a group of ...


 
IML-mentioned-in-CDPH-monkeypox-release

  IML mentioned in CDPH monkeypox release

On June 13, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) stated that it continues to investigate reports of monkeypox cases in Chicago residents and is asking people to take proper precautions when in spaces or situations ...


 





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