Windy City Media Group Frontpage News
Celebrating 30 Years of Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Trans News
home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2017-02-15
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Illinois Women Moving Forward group announced by legislators in Springfield
2017-02-08

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


SPRINGFIELD — Building on the spirit, enthusiasm, and sense of solidarity of those who participated in Women's Marches across Illinois on Jan. 21, a coalition of legislators gathered today at the State Capitol to embrace an agenda titled, Illinois Women Moving Forward.

The agenda, created in a collaborative process with legislators and public policy groups committed to improve the lives of women in Illinois, is premised on the basic notion that all "Illinois women are entitled to equality." The agenda contains a number of issues that the legislators hope to debate during the upcoming months of the legislative session, from access to affordable health care, equal pay, and policies that positively impact the ability to raise a family.

"The Women's March was so inspiring, drawing together masses of people reflecting the true diversity of the entire State of Illinois," said State Senator Toi Hutchinson. "One of the things that was easy to see was that the March was not simply a moment in time, but a call to action for a positive agenda to move forward. That is what Illinois Women Moving Forward provides — advancing the lives of everyone in Illinois, we won't go backward."

The agenda contains three basic pillars: Women's Health Care, Economic Security, and Justice. The health care pillar includes a pledge to safeguard and ensure access to safe and legal abortion, as well as guaranteeing health coverage for women's preventive health care. The economic security pillar calls for paid sick time, paid family medical leave for working families, and a raise in the minimum wage to a sustainable standard. Finally, under the justice pillar, the group is seeking to strengthen the Equal Pay Act to target systemic discrimination, banning discrimination in insurance coverage, and publicizing portions of the Illinois Human Rights Act that bar charging men and women different prices.

"Passage of this agenda would move not only women, but all of Illinois forward," said Representative Sara Feigenholtz. "We do not want to go backward as a State — and this is a comprehensive path forward that will support women and families from Waukegan to Carbondale."

The signatories to Illinois Women Moving Forward include: Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Senator Daniel Biss, Senator Melinda Bush, Senator Cristina Castro, Senator Toi Hutchinson, Senator Julie Morrison, Senator Heather Steans, Representative Kelly Cassidy, Representative Sara Feigenholtz, Representative Laura Fine, Representative Barbara Flynn Currie, Representative Robyn Gabel, Representative Will Guzzardi, Representative Sonya Harper, Representative Lou Lang, Representative Anna Moeller, Representative Litesa Wallace and Representative Ann Williams.

The agenda also is supported by organizations, including the ACLU of Illinois, Aids Foundation of Chicago, Chicago Foundation for Women, Chicago Women Take Action, EverThrive Illinois, Fathers, Families and Health Communities, Illinois Choice Action Team, Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Illinois NOW, McHenry County Citizens for Choice, Men4Choice, Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, Midwest Access Coalition, Mujeres Latinas en Accion, National Association of Social Workers, Illinois, National Coalition of American Nuns, National Council of Jewish Women IL State Policy Advocacy Network, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice — Illinois, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, The Voices and Faces Project and Women Employed.

A copy of the full agenda can be found here. www.illinoiswomen.org .


facebook twitter google +1 reddit email




Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Openly gay South Bend mayor seeks Democratic leadership post 2017-02-18 - Openly gay South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg says he is running as chair of the Democratic National Committee ( DNC ) so ...


Gay News

Attorney: Legal loss validates church-based conversion therapy 2017-02-17 - A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Feb. 16 that challenged whether the Illinois law prohibiting so-called conversion therapy on minors applied to pastors. ...


Gay News

NBA warns Texas lawmakers anti-LGBTQ bills could affect All-Star game bids 2017-02-17 - WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign ( HRC ) hailed comments from the National Basketball Association, warning Texas lawmakers that any legislative ...


Gay News

More than 75,000 LGBT DREAMers; 36,000 have participated in DACA 2017-02-17 - Los Angeles - The Williams Institute estimates that there are over 75,000 LGBT DREAMers in the U.S. and over 36,000 have participated in ...


Gay News

LGBTQs join "A Day Without Immigrants," condemn raids on immigrant communities 2017-02-16 - WASHINGTON, D.C., February 16, 2017—Today, the National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund joined lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer ( LGBTQ ) advocates ...


Gay News

Immigrants march to protest Trump 2017-02-16 - Immigrant-rights supporters marched in the Loop Feb. 16 as part of a national protest, following those individuals gathering in Union Park for a ...


Gay News

SPLC: Hate groups increase in second year, Trump electrifies radical right 2017-02-16 - MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The number of hate groups in the United States rose for a second year in a row in 2016 as ...


Gay News

Human Rights Watch plans Kiki screening, panel Mar. 10 2017-02-16 - The Human Rights Watch Chicago 2017 Film Series, in partnership with Black Cinema House, presents the film Kiki on Mar. 10, followed by ...


Gay News

Astraea Foundation sets Uprising of Love Fund for most urgent LGBTQI organizing 2017-02-16 - New York, NY — Today, on Valentine's Day, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice announced a new initiative —The Uprising of Love Fund. ...


Gay News

800+ parents of trans kids sign HRC's letter to Trump on undermining protections 2017-02-15 - WASHINGTON - Today, in response to the U.S. Department of Justice's announcement that it will no longer challenge a nationwide hold on protections ...


 



Copyright © 2017 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS

Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Sponsor

About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage



About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Subscriptions      Distribution      Windy City Queercast     
Queercast Archives      Advertising  Rates      Deadlines      Advanced Search     
Press  Releases      Event Photos      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Post an Event      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Blogs      Spotlight  Video     
Classifieds      Real Estate      Place a  Classified     

Windy City Media Group produces Windy City Queercast, & publishes Windy City Times,
The Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community,
Nightspots, Out! Resource Guide, and Identity.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.