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 2020-02-19
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
About WCMG Publications News Index  Entertainment Features Bars & Clubs Calendar Videos Advertisers OUT! Guide    Marriage

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Mayor Lightfoot, Gov. Pritzker to address Equality Illinois 2020 Gala
2020-02-01

facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


CHICAGO — Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot will deliver the keynote address at Saturday night's Equality Illinois 2020 Gala. United Airlines is the Presenting Sponsor at the annual event in the Hilton Chicago, where more than 1,500 attendees are set to hear about the successes and ongoing challenges of building a stronger Illinois in the face of national headwinds against LGBTQ civil rights.

Illinois Governor JB Pritzker, Mayor Lightfoot and more than 90 other elected officials and candidates will be introduced. Plus, VIP community members, dignitaries, and allied supporters plan to attend the Gala, which is the Midwest's largest LGBTQ celebration of its kind. Some of the world's most recognizable corporate and brand names are among the sponsors of the event.

Each year at the Gala, Equality Illinois honors champions and organizations who demonstrate remarkable vision, courage, and leadership in the effort to achieve full equality and inclusion of LGBTQ individuals. This year, the Equality Illinois Organization Award will be presented to the Rainbow Cafe of Carbondale, Illinois. The Equality Illinois Freedom Award will be presented to Chicago Reader Publisher Tracy Baim.

In addition to Gov. Pritzker, who will offer remarks to lead off the Gala, and Mayor Lightfoot, other dignitaries planning to attend include Attorney General Kwame Raoul, State Comptroller Susana Mendoza, U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, U.S. Rep. Sean Casten, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, Illinois legislative leaders and many other state legislators, county commissioners, city council members, judges, and candidates.

Illinois businesses and the state's philanthropic community continue to provide robust support for the gala and the ongoing work of Equality Illinois.

The Presenting Sponsor of the 2020 Equality Illinois Gala is United Airlines.

Platinum Sponsors are Breakthru Beverage Group, GCM Grosvenor and Walgreens.

Gold Sponsor is Molson Coors Beverage Company.

Silver Sponsors are Advocate Aurora Health Care, Baker & McKenzie LLP, BMO Harris Bank, Exelon, Gilbane Building Company, Guaranteed Rate, Hilton Chicago, Hinshaw, Kirkland & Ellis, Marshall, Gerstein, & Borun LLP, McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, Perkins Coie LLP, Revel, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Sidley Austin LLP, TAWANI Foundation, U.S. Bank, Verizon, Wintrust and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago.

When: TONIGHT, Saturday, February 1, 2020, starting at 6:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Silent Auction & Cocktail Party. Media Registration in the Normandie Lounge.

8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Gala Dinner & Awards Presentation

- 8:00 p.m. - 8:20 p.m. Introduction of Dignitaries, Elected Officials and Candidates; Remarks by Gov. Pritzker

- 8:20 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Program continues. Remarks by Equality Illinois CEO Brian C. Johnson

- 8:45 p.m. - 9 p.m. Keynote address by Mayor Lightfoot

- 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Dinner served

- 10:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Presentation of awards to Rainbow Cafe and Tracy Baim

10:30 p.m. - Midnight Dancing

Where: Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago - Grand and International Ballrooms

Who: The Gala annually attracts an influential audience of notable federal, state, and local officials, corporate executives and community leaders.

General media arrangements: The reception/silent auction and the Gala dinner are open press events. Media traditionally take the reception time to talk to political figures, Equality Illinois officials, and other guests before the dinner. In the banquet room, there will be space in the rear of the International Ballroom for reporters and cameras and a mult-box to plug in for audio.

About Equality Illinois

At Equality Illinois we envision a fair and unified Illinois where everyone is treated equally with dignity and respect and where all people live freely regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. We work hard to promote legislation to protect the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning ( LGBTQ ) individuals; maintain the visibility of LGBTQ issues; oppose legislation which seeks to limit the civil rights of the LGBTQ community; and expand statewide grassroots support.

—From a press release


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

Affinity says goodbye to executive director Imani Rupert-Gordon 2020-02-19 - Staff and supporters of Affinity Community Services sent off departing Executive Director Imani Rupert-Gordon with a celebration at its South Loop headquarters on ...


Gay News

PHOTOS Jackhammer 2020-02-19 - No one does it harder than Joe Whitaker's FuKr party. Joseph Stevens Photography ...


Gay News

PHOTOS Sidetrack 2020-02-19 - Feeling the love of Sidetrack's Valentine's Day party. Joseph Stevens Photography ...


Gay News

Reeling co-director stepping down 2020-02-17 - Richard Knight Jr. is stepping down from his role as co-programming director of the annual event Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival. ...


Gay News

Howard Brown Health unveils expansion plans for North and South sides 2020-02-14 - Howard Brown Health announced a multi-year expansion plan that it says will better serve its current and future patients. Howard Brown's new projects ...


Gay News

NEA supports dozens of Chicago arts organizations 2020-02-14 - National Endowment for the Arts ( NEA ) Chairman Mary Anne Carter announced that organizations in every state in the nation, as well ...


Gay News

March 7 fundraiser set for Elgin's first Pride Parade and Festival 2020-02-13 - Organizers of the first Elgin Pride Parade and Festival will be holding a benefit for the summer event on Saturday, March 7. The ...


Gay News

Decades after San Francisco closed gay bathhouses, new law makes way for return 2020-02-12 - SAN FRANCISCO — District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman introduced legislation Tuesday at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors requiring the San Francisco Department ...


Gay News

Facets names new executive director 2020-02-08 - Facets—a nonprofit that connects people to independent ideas through film experiences—has announced Karen Cardarelli as its new executive director. She succeeds founder and ...


Gay News

Tickled Pink to host 15th annual celebration Feb. 28 2020-02-07 - CHICAGO, IL — February 5, 2020 — Tickled Pink, one of Chicago's most anticipated charity events, returns this year for its 15th annual ...


 



Copyright © 2020 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


 



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 publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.