Rep. Kelly Cassidy
An effort to ban the controversial practice of “conversion therapy” to turn gay, lesbian and bisexual youth heterosexual has been defeated in the Illinois House.
Proposed legislation sponsored by state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) would make possession of an ounce of marijuana a petty offense, punishable only by a fine of no more than $100.
The measure sponsored by Chicago Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy prohibits mental health providers from providing so-called conversion therapy — aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay young people — to anyone who is under age 18.
An Illinois lawmaker called the state’s rejection of an anti-bullying ordinance “disgusting.” The bill was voted down after some conservative lawmakers expressed concern that it might be used to promote acceptance of homosexuality.
Lawmakers failed to pass an enhanced anti-bullying law due to some members’ religious concerns.
A bill to require abortion doctors in Illinois to offer the mother a view of an ultrasound is under attack, by lawmakers attaching hostile amendments.
State legislation is moving ahead to add gender identity to the Illinois hate crimes law, and to require employers to allow medical leave for those joined in civil unions.
Gun rights advocates are slamming a proposal for a 2 percent tax ammunition sales in Illinois.
A published report says an Oak Park nursing home failed to report a fight between two residents that left an Alzheimer’s patient dead earlier this week.
Illinois State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago) says winning full marriage rights for same-sex marriage in Illinois will be a struggle, but he says such is always the case with civil rights issues.