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Addressing the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court Decision Leak

May 3, 2022

By Omar Martínez González, Senior Manager, Policy & Advocacy Photo credited to Gayatri Malhotra AFC is deeply disturbed by last night's revelation of the U.S. Supreme Court's draft decision to upend Roe v. Wade, the 49-year-old precedent that protects a woman's right to choose when to start a family. This decision will disproportionately...
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IL General Assembly Leads Efforts to End the HIV Epidemic by Passing Landmark Legislation and $10 Million HIV Funding Increase

April 11, 2022

By Timothy S. Jackson Concluding a flurry of activity, the 2022 Spring Session of the 102nd Illinois General Assembly was gaveled to adjournment just before sunrise on Saturday, April 9, 2022. Despite an abbreviated session due to primary elections just around the corner, legislators approved a $46 billion Fiscal Year 2023 budget that includes investments in public safety and mental...
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Getting To Zero Omnibus Bill included in the Illinois State Budget in historic investments with a vote of 72-42

April 9, 2022

By Indigo Quashie SPRINGFIELD – On April 9 th , 2022, The GTZ Omnibus Bill was added into the HB900 Illinois State Budget by the Illinois General Assembly with a $10 million dollar investment in Getting to Zero Illinois (GTZ-IL) ! Passed by the Illinois House of Representatives with a vote of 72-42, this budget allotment is historic because this is the most funding AFC and...
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Legislation expanding Medicaid coverage regardless of immigration status passes with a vote of 71-42

April 9, 2022

By Indigo Quashie SPRINGFIELD – HB4343, Medicaid Omnibus & Healthy Illinois for All passed out of the Illinois House of Representatives early morning on April 9 th , 2022 with a vote of 71-42. This bill calls for the expansion of Medicaid coverage across Illinois, as well as reducing Medicaid churn. “COVID-19 has lifted the veil on the importance of access...
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Legislation to Increase Critical Access to HIV Prevention Medications Passes with a House Vote of 72-30

April 8, 2022

By Indigo Quashie  SPRINGFIELD – On April 7 th , 2022, HB4430: Increasing Access to PrEP & PEP Through Community Pharmacies was passed by the Illinois House with a vote of 72-30! Sponsored by State Representative Kelly M. Cassidy (D-Chicago), HB4430 calls for the pharmaceutical dispensation of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP),...
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Legislation supporting LGBTQ+ Older Adults passes the Illinois House with a vote of 71-32

March 31, 2022

By Indigo Quashie SPRINGFIELD—On March 31 st , 2022, SB3490: Disrupting Disparities for LGBTQ+ Older Adults and Older Adults Living With HIV passed out of the Illinois House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 71-32 ! This is the first of AIDS Foundation Chicago’s (AFC) 2022 policy priorities to pass both chambers during this year’s state legislative...
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Trans advocate and community leader Elise Malary remembered, honored, and gone too soon

March 21, 2022

By Livvie Avrick Photo taken by Chicago Therapy Collective AFC mourns the loss of Elise Malary, beloved community leader and trans liberation activist. Her body was recovered from Lake Michigan, March 17, 2022. Elise was a cherished Policy and Advocacy Social Media Intern here at AFC From January 2016 to August 2016.  She is remembered fondly by all that...
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Legislation to increase access to PrEP & PEP moves through the House with a vote of 71-24

March 7, 2022

By Indigo Quashie  SPRINGFIELD – Late in the evening on Thursday, March 3, 2022, AIDS Foundation Chicago staff, as leaders of a broad community coalition, celebrated legislation crossing the first lawmaking hurdle to making HIV prevention medications more accessible through local pharmacies. The bill,  HB4430: Increased Access to PrEP & PEP Through Community Pharmacies...
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Legislation disrupting disparities for LGBTQ+ older adults passes the Senate 37-09

March 4, 2022

By Indigo Quashie SPRINGFIELD — Last week on Wednesday, Februrary 23 rd , HB4656/SB3490: Disrupting Disparities for LGBTQ+ Older Adults and Older Adults Living with HIV was passed through the Illinois State Senate with a bipartisan vote of 37-09! While SB3490’s advancement is far from over, as it still needs to be voted on by the House, news like this reminds us...
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AFC Statement on Gov. Pritzker’s State of the State and Budget Address

February 3, 2022

Speaking under the dome of the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker delivered his annual State of the State and Budget address on February 2, 2022. Acknowledging that the state “continues to battle an invisible enemy [COVID-19]”, Governor Pritzker outlined his $45.4 billion Fiscal Year 2023 budget that includes substantial investments in education,...
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