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BudgetWatch: Springfield passes bill to fund the state through December

July 6, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Good afternoon everyone, I wanted to take a quick minute to update you all on the events in Springfield last week.  I apologize for the delay, but was on vacation for all the movement last week. The General Assembly (GA) came together on Wednesday and Thursday to pass a bill that partially appropriated for a short-term,...
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"Que no estas solo": Beto comes out as an undocumented person living with HIV

July 5, 2016

Salud y Orgullo Mexicano project manager Gilberto Soberanis describes his physical and emotional journey across borders and boundaries, both literal and figurative. Edited by Mirhanda Alewine. Hear Beto tell his story in his own words (en español). In 1995, when I was 10, my mom, 2 year-old sister and I got...
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Stopgap budget passed in Illinois — but is it enough?

June 30, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago is relieved  that the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Bruce  Rauner agreed  to  and passed a partial budget for FY 16 and a half-year, partial budget for FY 17 , which  begins  today ( Friday, July 1 ) .  The  agreed - upon budget includes an estimated 65% of funding for the 18-month period covering...
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Pride at Montrose forced to end early

June 27, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago is extremely disappointed that Pride at Montrose was required by the Chicago Police Department to end entertainment early on Sunday, June 26. This historic Black LGBTQ event was an opportunity to celebrate pride and provide health care resources in honor of National HIV Testing Day. Though we acknowledge the event did not have the six-foot fence as described in...
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Chicago City Council overturns discriminatory bathroom provision

June 22, 2016

Today, the Chicago City Council approved an amendment to remove a provision in the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) that requires patrons to show a government-issued ID upon request to access public accommodations that are private in nature, including bathrooms.  “We applaud the City Council’s action today. Removing the discriminatory language towards transgender...
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A different type of homeless

June 20, 2016

by Mirhanda Alewine The AIDS Foundation of Chicago's Corrections Case Management program aims to support detainees living with HIV as they transition from incarceration, providing them with case managers to help connect them to care and housing. Darlene Davis divulges her experiences with incarceration and HIV, explaining the impact of her corrections case manager. What does...
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We are saddened. We are angry. We demand change.

June 16, 2016

The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) offers our condolences, thoughts and prayers to the victims and families of last week’s hate crime and terrorist attack in Orlando. This was an attack that has resonated deeply within the LGBTQ community, and we join others who condemn this act of hatred. While we are saddened by this violence, we are also angry. We are angry about the...
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BudgetWatch: End of session and still no budget

June 13, 2016

by Dan Frey, Director of Government Relations Just a quick update of the happenings in Springfield regarding state government since my last update early on May 31. Substantive Bills HB 6213 , our MCO quality bill, was unanimously concurred with in the House on May 31, and thus passed both houses of the legislature. That bill, along with HB 4554 (mandated PrEP Medicaid...
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Kasey White: A leader and advocate for youth experiencing homelessness

June 7, 2016

by Malary Gregory Kasey White is a student and advocate for homeless youth in Chicago, specifically those who identify with the LGBTQ community. She has been featured in the documentary Homestretch, which followed three homeless youth living in Chicago as they navigated completing high school and building their futures. In 2014, she was awarded with the Windy City Times’ 30 Under...
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