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Rep. Kelly Cassidy

Illinois House Of Representatives

Illinois House Shoots Down Ban On Gay Conversion Therapy

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.

04/11/2014

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Move To Decriminalize Pot Possession Advances In Springfield

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.

04/03/2014

Illinois State Capitol

Proposed Ban On ‘Conversion Therapy’ Advances In Springfield

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.

03/26/2014

Two students fight when one is accused of bullying the other. (Credit: CBS)

Lawmaker: Rejection Of Anti-Bullying Bill Is ‘Disgusting’

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.

CBS Chicago–05/23/2012

Two students fight when one is accused of bullying the other. (Credit: CBS)

Illinois Senate Rejects Anti-Bullying Measure Amid Religious Objections

Lawmakers failed to pass an enhanced anti-bullying law due to some members’ religious concerns.

CBS Chicago–05/22/2012

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State Rep Furious Over ‘Hostile Amendments’ To Pre-Abortion Ultrasound Bill

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.

CBS Chicago–03/23/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Bills On Gender Identity, Guaranteed Medical Leave Advance In State House

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.

CBS Chicago–03/01/2012

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Gun Rights Advocates Slam Proposed Ammo Tax

Gun rights advocates are slamming a proposal for a 2 percent tax ammunition sales in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–02/21/2012

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Report: Nursing Home Didn’t Report Fight That Later Led To Death

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.

CBS Chicago–02/16/2012

State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Ill.)

Harris On Gay Marriage Bill: Equal Rights Are Always A Struggle

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.

CBS Chicago–02/09/2012