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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner Signs Enhanced Hate Crimes Law

Monday, July 20, 2015
The new law extends hate crimes protections to community centers that may be targeted for institutional vandalism because of sexual orientation or gender identity status.
The Enhanced Hate Crimes Law further protects LGBT Illinoisans and includes explicit mention of crimes against transgender people. ...

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Illinois Senate approves ban on gay conversion therapy; bill heads to governor’s desk

Saturday, May 30, 2015
The Illinois state Senate on Friday approved a measure to ban therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT youth. ...

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Gay conversion therapy ban clears Illinois Senate committee

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Illinois state capitol in Springfield.
The measure cleared committee Wednesday evening and now heads to the full chamber. It had passed the House last week. ...

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Gay conversion therapy ban passes Illinois House

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Illinois state capitol in Springfield.
The bill prohibits licensed mental health care providers from engaging in sexual orientation change efforts with anyone under the age of 18. ...

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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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Cook County, Ill., says over 6,500 same-sex couples married in first year

Thursday, February 19, 2015
The Cook County clerk's office is reporting more than 6,500 same-sex couples married in Illinois' most populous county over the first year it issued licenses. ...

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Illinois human rights agency says evidence of anti-gay prejudice at Exxon

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
The Illinois Department of Human Rights says there's evidence of discrimination at an Exxon Mobil Corp. facility in the state following a gay rights group's hiring complaint. ...

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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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Former music director of Chicago parish sues over anti-gay discrimination

Friday, December 5, 2014
Colin Collette
CHICAGO -- The longtime music director of a suburban Chicago parish has filed human rights complaints after he was fired earlier this year following his engagement to his same-sex partner. Colin Collette, who worked at Holy Family Catholic Church in ...

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Report: New HIV diagnoses on steady decline in Chicago

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
CHICAGO -- Chicago health officials say new HIV diagnoses in the city have been steadily declining over the past 13 years. The Chicago Department of Public Health released a new report Monday to coincide with World AIDS Day. The report ...

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