BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. – State Representative Daniel Didech, D-Buffalo Grove, is applauding the passage of a bill that outlaws discrimination against LGBTQ individuals during the jury selection process in Illinois.
“Illinois is a fantastic state when it comes to LGBTQ+ rights and equality, but fighting discrimination is an ongoing process,” said Didech. “I’m looking forward to Governor Pritzker signing this bill to law and moving Illinois one step closer toward complete justice and equality for everyone who lives here.”
Didech is the chief House sponsor of Senate Bill 1378, which amends the Jury Act to prohibit residents from being excluded from jury duty on the basis of their sexual orientation. Historically, LGBTQ+ individuals have been kept off juries at higher rates, especially on cases having to do with LGBTQ+ rights.
Continuing the discussion, Didech is hosting an LGBTQ+ Rights and Equality citizens’ advisory committee meeting with Mike Ziri, the Director of Public Policy for Equality Illinois on Saturday, June 22 at 11 a.m. at the Vernon Township Community Service Building, located at 2900 N. Main St. in Buffalo Grove. Didech hopes members of the community join the conversations on ways to continue to support the LGBTQ+ community throughout Illinois.
“Our state and community have made a lot of progress over the past few years in terms of LGBTQ+ rights and equality,” said Didech. “I’ve seen amazing progress in the last couple of decades in my community, and I want to talk with my neighbors on how we can continue to foster a more welcoming state, country, and world.”