Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

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A measure to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment got approval from an Illinois House committee Wednesday, in what could be the final step before it's called for a decisive vote in that chamber.  

The measure has already passed the state Senate. Opponents argue it could mandate government funded abortions and force co-ed prison populations.

Chief sponsor and Democratic representative from Skokie, Lou Lang, says two of his colleagues told him they're worried a "yes" vote could be used against them in future campaigns.

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The Equal Rights Amendment is back in the news and back in the Statehouse, as supporters make another push for ratification in Illinois.

Meanwhile, the fiscal watchdog group The Civic Federation is out with a critique of Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget proposal and its own plan for the state, and a southern Illinois county declares itself a sanctuary for gun owners.

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The new bipartisan Illinois Senate Women’s Caucus threw its  support behind the Equal Rights Amendment helping it win approval in that chamber. But, not all women are on board. 

Rachel Otwell

Those in favor of a measure they say would help get an amendment closer to being added to the U.S. Constitution will head to the statehouse to lobby for it on Tuesday.

Rachel Otwell

Those in favor of a measure they say would help get an amendment closer to being added to the U.S. Constitution will head to the Statehouse to lobby for it on Tuesday.

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Illinois remains a battleground over women's rights.

Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of  sex. 
—   The proposed Equal Rights Amendment. It might sound simple. It’s not.

Brian Mackey

Progressive women's rights activists rallied in Springfield Tuesday. The organizers say over 100 groups were represented from across the state. Jennifer Camille Lee is co-president of Action Illinois and co-leader of a local group called Women Rising.  She co-chaired the "Illinois Women March on Springfield" event.

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The outspoken conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly has passed away.  She was 92 and died at her home in St Louis Monday.