Illinois Passes Civil Unions Bill!!!

From the ACLU of Illinois:

“Today, the Illinois Senate followed the lead of the Illinois House of Representatives in passing Senate Bill 1716, the Illinois Religious Freedom and Protection and Civil Union Act. The measure creates civil unions in Illinois, permitting couples – including same sex couples in our state – to enter into a relationship that provides all the basic legal protections and responsibilities currently offered only to heterosexual couples who marry. Illinois now joins a growing list of states that provide recognition to same-sex partners, either through marriage, domestic partnerships or civil unions.”

For more information visit the ACLU of Illinois website.

Join The Chicago NOW Board!!

Interested in joining Chicago NOW’s all volunteer board? The chapter is currently looking for women and men interested in becoming involved with Chicago NOW.

We are particularly looking for individuals interested in economic equity, lesbian rights, reproductive justice, grants and development and membership–but don’t worry, if you have other interests within woman’s rights, please don’t hesitate to apply!

To apply please send your resume, coverletter and two professional references to chicagonow.org@gmail.com.

We will begin conducting interviews in November.

For more information

Illinois Law Mandates DNA Testing For All Sex Crimes

Yesterday, under a new law signed by Governor Pat Quinn, Illinois has become the first state to require the testing of all DNA evidence gathered from sex crimes. The law comes about after the Chicago Tribune exposed that many rape kits were being placed into police storage untested. Starting October 1, all state police departments will be required to submit DNA collected from sex crimes to the crime lab within 10 days of collection. From that point, the crime lab will be required to analyze the evidence within six months. This law will not provide new funding for the mandate.

For more information on this issue read this article posted by Chicago Tribune Breaking News.