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Illinois Republican governor signs two more pro-equality bills

Thursday, August 20, 2015
“We thank Governor Rauner for approving these bills and demonstrating that support for the equal treatment of LGBT Illinoisans is bipartisan,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois.
Both bills were spearheaded by Equality Illinois, the state's oldest and largest LGBT advocacy organization. ...

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Illinois’ GOP governor, LGBT rights advocates find common ground

Saturday, March 21, 2015
Gov. Bruce Rauner (R-Ill.)
Gov. Bruce Rauner said he'll issue a directive that state agencies strictly enforce anti-discrimination laws, and that he'll appoint a liaison from his office to the LGBT community. ...

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Illinois school board member: No gay candidates for superintendent job

Thursday, December 11, 2014
Liz Biondi
Equality Illinois wants school board member Liz Biondi to resign for advising a search firm against bringing gay or lesbian candidates for a school superintendent job. ...

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Report: More than 5,000 same-sex marriages in Illinois

Thursday, July 10, 2014
CHICAGO -- A survey indicates thousands of same-sex couples are marrying in Illinois. In a news release, Equality Illinois reports that a survey of all 102 Illinois counties revealed that at least 3,274 marriage licenses have been issued and another ...

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Ill. marriage equality advocates criticize GOP candidate’s opposition

Friday, June 27, 2014
CHICAGO -- Gay rights supporters are using the upcoming Chicago Pride Parade to draw attention to Republican Bruce Rauner's statements that he would have vetoed Illinois' same-sex marriage bill. Equality Illinois on Thursday unveiled a two-story banner featuring a photo ...

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Quinn, Emanuel attend Illinois same-sex marriage celebration

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.) pays tribute to marriage equality advocates at a celebration in Chicago on June 8, 2014.
A swanky brunch paying tribute Sunday to those who helped pass Illinois' new same-sex marriage law wasn't free from election-year politics as organizers deemed Gov. Pat Quinn "the most pro-gay governor in the history of Illinois" and knocked his Republican ...

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Gay rights group blasts Ill. gubernatorial candidate on gay marriage opposition

Monday, June 2, 2014
Bruce Rauner
CHICAGO -- Gay rights advocates are blasting Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner's stance on the issue as Illinois' new law allowing same-sex marriages takes effect statewide. Equality Illinois CEO Bernard Cherkasov says the Winnetka businessman has opposed efforts for ...

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Equality Illinois lists clergy ready to officiate same-sex wedding ceremonies

Friday, April 25, 2014
A program and an Illinois rainbow flag is placed on a seat for spectators who witnessed Gov. Pat Quinn sign the marriage bill into law.
CHICAGO -- Equality Illinois, an LGBT advocacy group, has put together a list of religious clergy who are ready to perform same-sex marriages. ...

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Ill. gay rights group donates to GOP lawmakers who supported gay marriage

Thursday, March 13, 2014
CHICAGO -- An LGBT rights advocacy group in Illinois is bolstering the campaign funds of two Republican lawmakers. Equality Illinois' political action committee says it plans to put $150,000 into the campaigns of candidates that support same-sex marriage before Tuesday's ...

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Equality Illinois calls on Chicago to end relationship with Moscow

Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Chicago, Ill.
CHICAGO – Equality Illinois on Tuesday urged the City of Chicago to suspend its sister city relationship with Moscow as part of a concerted effort to protest Russia's criminalization of gay rights activism. ...

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