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Equality Illinois announces Illinois General Assembly and county-level endorsements
-- From a press release

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CHICAGO - Equality Illinois, the state's civil rights organization for LGBTQ+ Illinoisans, on Thursday announced Illinois General Assembly and county-level endorsements for the November 8, 2022 General Election.

"Equality Illinois is excited to announce our state legislative endorsements today as we continue to make our state fairer and more just for LGBTQ+ people," said Justin DeJong, Board Chair of Equality Illinois, a 501(c)(4) organization. "In recent years, Illinois has been a beacon of equality and inclusion. Ensuring our beacon continues to burn brightly is so important at a time when anti-equality forces have introduced more than 300 anti-LGBTQ+ bills in state houses across the country. These endorsed candidates will continue to advance our progress as we keep fighting for equality and inclusion for all LGBTQ+ residents and visitors in Illinois."

"We especially thank our legislative incumbents for advancing justice for LGBTQ+ people," said Mike Ziri, Director of Public Policy at Equality Illinois. "Big affirming changes have happened during the current session of the Illinois General Assembly. Illinois became just the second state in the country to repeal its discriminatory HIV criminalization statute. The legislature took action to make Illinois a haven for reproductive rights. State legislators disrupted disparities for LGBTQ+ older adults and older adults living with HIV. And they expanded access to HIV prevention drugs through community pharmacies. We are excited for these advancements, but we also know there is more work to do to advance LGBTQ+ inclusive economic justice, ensure access to affirming healthcare, protect the right to privacy, and defend democracy. With these endorsed candidates, Illinois will keep moving forward."

"Equality Illinois is also excited to endorse allied champions to lead Cook and DuPage Counties: Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, DuPage County Board Chair candidate Deb Conroy, Cook County Clerk Karen Yarbrough, and Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi," said DeJong. "These allies have contributed to Illinois being the beacon of equality and inclusion, and we are grateful for their leadership."

Equality Illinois, a 501(c)(4) organization, engages in the advocacy and electoral processes to defend and advance full equality, justice, and fairness for LGBTQ individuals and their families in Illinois. Endorsements are based on responses on candidate questionnaires and voting records. Equality Illinois' complete endorsement list for the General Election can be found here: . Additional endorsements may be added to this webpage at a later date.

Endorsed are the following candidates:

BOLD indicates an LGBTQ+ candidate

Illinois Senate (District Number — Name)

1 — Javier Loera Cervantes

2 — Omar Aquino

4 — Kimberly Lightford

6 — Sara Feigenholtz

7 — Mike Simmons

8 — Ram Villivalam

9 — Laura Fine

10 — Robert Martwick

12 — Celina Villanueva

13 — Robert Peters

16 — Willie Preston

17 — Elgie Sims

20 — Cristina Pacione-Zayas

21 — Laura Ellman

22 — Cristina Castro

23 — Suzy Glowiak Hilton

25 — Karina Villa

26 — Maria Peterson

27 — Ann Gillespie

28 — Laura Murphy

29 — Julie Morrison

30 — Adriane Johnson

31 — Mary Edly-Allen

34 — Steve Stadelman

36 — Michael Halpin

39 — Don Harmon

42 — Linda Holmes

43 — Rachel Ventura

46 — Dave Koehler

48 — Doris Turner

57 — Christopher Belt

Illinois House of Representatives (District Number — Name)

2 — Elizabeth Hernandez

3 — Eva Dina Delgado

4 — Lilian Jiménez

5 — Lamont J. Robinson

6 — Sonya Harper

7 — Emanuel Chris Welch

8 — La Shawn Ford

9 — Lakesia Collins

11 — Ann Williams

12 — Margaret Croke

13 — Hoan Huynh

14 — Kelly Cassidy

15 — Michael Kelly

16 — Kevin Olickal

17 — Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz

18 — Robyn Gabel

19 — Lindsey LaPointe

23 — Edgar Gonzalez Jr.

26 — Kam Buckner

27 — Justin Slaughter

29 — Thaddeus Jones

38 — Debbie Meyers-Martin

39 — Will Guzzardi

40 — Jaime Andrade Jr.

41 — Janet Yang Rohr

42 — Terra Costa Howard

43 — Anna Moeller

45 — Jenn Ladisch Douglass

46 — Diane Blair-Sherlock

47 — Jackie Williamson

49 — Maura Hirschauer

50 — Barbara Hernandez

51 — Nabeela Syed

52 — Mary Morgan

53 — Mark Walker

54 — Mary Beth Canty

56 — Michelle Mussman

57 — Jonathan Carroll

58 — Bob Morgan

59 — Daniel Didech

60 — Rita Mayfield

61 — Joyce Mason

62 — Laura Faver Dias

63 — Brian Meyers

66 — Suzanne Ness

67 — Maurice West II

68 — Dave Vella

69 — Peter Janko

72 — Gregg Johnson

75 — Heidi Henry

77 — Norma Hernandez

79 — Erin Slone

81 — Anne Stava-Murray

83 — Matt Hanson

84 — Stephanie Kifowit

85 — Dagmara "Dee" Avelar

91 — Sharon Chung

98 — Natalie Manley

103 — Carol Ammons

104 — Cynthia Cunningham

112 — Katie Stuart

113 — Jay Hoffman

118 — Van Ikner

County Offices

Cook County Board President — Toni Preckwinkle

Cook County Clerk — Karen Yarbrough

Cook County Assessor — Fritz Kaegi

DuPage County Board Chair — Deb Conroy

Lake County Clerk — Anthony Vega

Cook County Board of Review (2nd District) — Samantha Steele

Cook County Board (8th District) — Anthony Joel Quezada

Cook County Board (9th District) — Maggie Trevor

Cook County Board (15th District) — Kevin B. Morrison

Coles County Board — Matt Titus

DeKalb County Board (11th District) — Shell DeYoung Dunn

McHenry County Board (9th District) — Jessica Phillips

McLean County Board (6th District) — Beverly Bell

McLean County Board (7th District) — Val Laymon

Peoria County Board (10th District) — Rob Reneau

Saline County Board — Dennis Gauger

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.

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