Illinois Issues: LGBT In The Time Of Trump

By MAUREEN FOERTSCH MCKINNEY & DAISY CONTRERAS Protesters in Chicago rally against the Trump administration’s rollback of protections for transgender students. EQUALITY ILLINOIS With rapid-fire changes to LGBT provisions at the federal level, advocates want to keep Illinois’ status as one of the leading states in offering protections.  Alex McCray didn’t want to believe Donald […]

Vital — and accurate — records for transgender people

Sun-Times Editorial Board   For more than five decades, transgender people born in this state have been able to change their birth certificates to reflect their gender identity. Illinois was among the first states — if not the first — to enact a law for it. Once viewed as a progressive law, it is now outdated. […]

Time for Some Spring Shredding!!

  Do you have boxes of documents that you need to get rid of?  Now is the time to safely discard all that paperwork.  On Saturday April 29 from 9AM to 12PM, Representative Greg Harris, 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar and AT&T will be hosting a Shred Day at 4250 N. Lincoln Ave. at the […]

Democratic stopgap budget inches ahead, but a full plan remains elusive

Monique Garcia and Haley BeMiller * Contact ReporterChicago Tribune House Democrats on Thursday approved another one-time spending plan to provide about $815 million to universities and social service groups left gasping for air during the state’s historic budget impasse, but leaders in both parties could hold it up as they push for a more complete spending […]

Democrats start moving stopgap state budget despite clear hurdles

Monique Garcia and Haley BeMillerContact ReporterChicago Tribune Illinois House Democrats on Wednesday advanced a plan to rush more than $815 million to state universities and social service providers, but that money might not arrive anytime soon because Gov. Bruce Rauner criticized the proposal and Senate Democrats still are working on their own plan. Despite the […]

Health insurance to help you, not break you

Sun-Times Editorial Board   When picking a new health insurance plan for your family, figuring out which doctors and hospitals are in a company’s network shouldn’t be guesswork. Companies should keep their web sites up to date. That’s not asking too much. If you’re being treated for an illness such as cancer, or you’re in […]

Calling foul on North Carolina’s latest transgender bathroom bill

Sun-Times Editorial Board North Carolina is not a welcoming state. On the contrary, a new law there continues to allow discrimination against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer. Thursday, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a law to “repeal” the so-called bathroom bill enacted last year to force transgender people to use bathrooms that […]

Trump/Ryan and Rauner Healthcare and Medicaid Proposals, Insurance Reform and Trans Issues

Last week I held hearings on how Donald Trump and Speaker Ryan’s plan to repeal and replace the ACA would affect Illinois.  President Trump is infamously known for declaring he never knew healthcare was so complicated. It is….and his legislation now being fast tracked through Congress with have enormous impact on our state and add […]

By KIANNAH SEPEDA-MILLER, Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois could face nearly $40 billion in lost federal Medicaid support over 10 years under a health care overhaul proposed last week by congressional Republicans, an health industry spokesman told lawmakers Thursday. Three state House committees heard testimony from experts on how major changes to Medicaid […]