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It’s just a bill

Thursday, Nov 17, 2022 - Posted by Isabel Miller

* A question that came up near the end of the governor’s race was if challenger Sen. Darren Bailey had passed enough legislation. Well…

The bill was filed during Transgender Awareness Week and currently has no co-sponsors. Synopsis

Amends the School Code. Provides that, for interscholastic athletic programs or comparable programs supported from school district funds, a student’s sex shall be the student’s biological gender assigned at birth. Provides that, in determining a student’s biological gender, a statement of a student’s biological sex on the student’s official birth certificate is considered to have correctly stated the student’s biological sex at birth if the statement was filed at or near the time of the student’s birth. Amends the Board of Higher Education Act. Provides that interscholastic athletic teams or sports that are operated by a public university must be expressly designated based on the biological sex at birth of team members. Provides that a statement of a student’s biological sex on the student’s official birth certificate is considered to have correctly stated the student’s biological sex at birth if the statement was filed at or near the time of the student’s birth. Provides that an athletic team or sport designated for females, women, or girls may not be open to students of the male sex. Provides that an athletic team or sport designated for males, men, or boys may be open to students of the female sex. Amends the Public Community College Act.


At least 32 transgender and gender-nonconforming people have been killed in the United States in 2022, the Human Rights Campaign announced Wednesday in its annual report ahead of the Transgender Day of Remembrance. […]

Shoshana Goldberg, public education and research director for the HRC Foundation, said this year’s report comes amid the largest recorded wave of anti-trans legislation at the state level, which she said has largely been fueled by disinformation and stigma.

Some bills sought to limit discussion of LGBTQ topics in schools, restrict gender-affirming health care, and prevent transgender children from playing on sports teams or using bathrooms that align with their gender identities.

Such bills, she said, fuel anti-LGBTQ sentiment by painting queer and transgender people as a risk to children and communities.

* In other news, here’s WCIA

Jazmine was laid off during the pandemic and needed money to pay her rent. So she got a loan from a pawn shop using her cameras and Macbook Air as collateral.

“Not only did they give me $800, but they also low balled me because I had to come back two days later, and I got another loan, both of them high APR rates of 150%, which I had no knowledge of, they never broke down what would happen,” Jazmine, a social media influencer and digital content creator, said.

In 2021, the state passed the Predatory Loan Prevention Act (PLPA), which caps the interest rate on consumer loans at 36%. But the law doesn’t apply to pawn shops.

After the PLPA passed, pawn brokers asked the courts for an injunction so that the law wouldn’t apply to them and they received one. […]

Now, lawmakers are considering legislation to close the loophole and it’s what brought Jazmine to the State Capitol.

Pawn shops are accused of giving high interest rates to active duty service members. Despite the injunction, federal law is supposed to cap interest rates for members of the military and every store is supposed to ask customers if they serve.

An e-mail to Rich…

On behalf of Senator Collins, I wanted to bring the attached exchange to your attention.

To put it in context, in January 2021, Senator Collins spearheaded the passage of the Predatory Loan Prevention Act (PLPA), which established an interest rate cap of 36% on consumer loans. The pawnbroker industry sued the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation claiming that the PLPA did not apply to them. Judge Raylene DeWitte Grischow of the Sangamon County Circuit Court granted the pawnbrokers’ request for an injunction. The injunction permitted the pawnbrokers to continue to charge interest rates as high as 243%.

Senator Collins filed a bill (SB 4241) last week to close this loophole. At the same time, she continued researching pawn loan interest rates in other states. She sent requests for information to neighboring states and to the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA). Chris Stone was copied on the request for information to the NPA.

The email he sent to Senator Collins yesterday was a response to Senator Collins’s request.

The exchange…

* SJ-R

With opioid-related overdoses rising nationally and in Illinois, two state legislators announced new legislation that would target dealers of fentanyl-laced opioids and other medications with increased penalties.

Republican state Sens. Sally Turner and Sue Rezin introduced Senate Bill 4221 during a Tuesday press conference at the Capitol. They hope the bill sees some action during the six-day veto session that started Tuesday.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, more than 2,650 Illinoisans died from synthetic opioid overdoses last year. That number is up from 87 in 2013. Rezin said not enough attention is being given to the issue.

“In less than a decade, the state of Illinois saw nearly a 3,000-percent increase in synthetic opioid overdose deaths,” the Morris Republican deputy leader said, adding that last year’s total was greater than the combined sum of homicides and suicides in the state.

* NBC Chicago

After the terrifying mass shooting at Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade, many noted the irony that the incident occurred in one of the few cities in Illinois where assault weapons are banned by local law.

But few have noted that today, no other Illinois community can put such an ordinance on the books, barred from doing so by a bizarre act of the Illinois General Assembly in May of 2013, which briefly allowed towns like Highland Park to act.

It all happened in the aftermath of the massacre at the Sandy Hook elementary school in December 2012, and a failed effort to enact an assault weapons ban here in Illinois.

“I was very disappointed,” former Gov. Pat Quinn said of those days more than nine years ago. “Some of the Democrats who I thought would vote yes on the legislation all of a sudden were saying, ‘People in my district aren’t for it.’” […]

While most observers believe it’s a tough legislative hill to climb, gun safety advocates say they plan a renewed push for such a ban statewide when the legislature reconvenes in 2023. But in the absence of any such ban, some Highland Park victims are taking a different route, suing the accused gunman, his father, the gun manufacturer and the store that sold the weapon used in the Fourth of July attack.

…Adding…Center Square

Parents of students from across the state involved with the state’s Invest In Kids school choice pilot program are lobbying Illinois lawmakers to make it permanent.

The program allows donors to get a 75% income tax credit toward donations to fund school choice scholarships for qualified families throughout the state. Scholarship Granting Organizations are approved to administer the program, which is set to sunset Jan. 1, 2024. As lawmakers return, parents are looking for an extension. […]

Opponents of the measure say the tax credit to fund the school choice program with private donations takes resources away from the state’s public schools.  Cynthia Riseman Lund, who represented the state’s public schools teachers’ unions, expressed her opposition to the program during a House Revenue and Finance Committee meeting last month.

“[The teachers’ unions] support elimination of the Invest In Kids program. It is set to sunset … and we will call for the elimination of the program even sooner,” Lund said.


  1. - H-W - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 10:23 am:

    From the Twitter feed: Is this anti-trans bill Bailey’s token gesture to the nutters at Awake Illinois?”

    Yes, it does appear to be exactly that. It is also about establishing creds among the religious fundamentalism crowd.

    Bigotry and hate always tries to hide behind smiles. In that context, I am surprised the bill doesn’t say something equally offensive like, “love the sinner, hate the sin.”

    Hate is hate, plain and simple. That we are not allowed to call it out in public, is more problematic that the hate itself. Not calling it out empowers homophobia, racism, sexism, etc. Dancing around hate makes it look acceptable.

  2. - Golden6105 - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 10:32 am:

    Is this the same chris stone that is the cannabis entrepreneur?

  3. - Chicago Republican - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 10:34 am:

    There is a difference between being Anti-Trans and wanting fairness in sporting competition.

  4. - Homebody - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 10:43 am:

    @Chicago Republican -

    Until these guys start proposing height and weight class limitations in boys football, basketball, or hockey, I will give your defenses of the targeted attacks on vulnerable children very little credit.

  5. - Stumped - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 10:50 am:

    I …. don’t see the problem with Stone’s email?

  6. - Anonymous - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 10:53 am:

    “There is a difference between being Anti-Trans and wanting fairness in sporting competition.”

    Next step toward this lofty goal would be telling SHG and Rochester they comply with salary cap limits.

  7. - ItsMillerTime - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 10:53 am:

    @Chicago Republican

    Theoretically but considering the only time people like these talk about sports fairness is to attack Trans athletes I don’t believe it. Often the official reason is just pretense for the real reason because they don’t want the general public to know how hateful they are.

    What has Bailey and awake Illinois done in regards to sports programs outside of this? Besides demanding children play during a pandemic of course.

  8. - New Day - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 11:07 am:

    “Is this the same chris stone that is the cannabis entrepreneur?”

    Stone is a lobbyist and all around hustler/entrepreneur (I don’t mean that in a bad way) who is always looking for ways to make more $$$ through his relationships. He would tell you that himself. So yes, it’s the same Chris Stone.

  9. - Pundent - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 11:21 am:

    =There is a difference between being Anti-Trans and wanting fairness in sporting competition.=

    Is it similar to being outraged over seeing an African-American football player kneeling when the anthem is played but viewing storming the capital as legitimate political discourse?

  10. - Flying Elvis'-Utah Chapter - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 11:27 am:

    Just had your rear ends handed to you a week ago and here you are with this garbage.

    It’s obvious to the casual observer that the ILGOP enjoy super minority status.

  11. - Juvenal - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 11:46 am:

    === wanting fairness in sporting competition. ===

    What? It’s pretty much the same teams headed to the state championships every year. Money drives the process, and money is not divided evenly.

    There is not a word in Shannon Adcock’s bio about “fairness” or “equality.” She leads with her “Christian values.”

    What anti-trans folks are really afraid of is not some trans-gender girl outcompeting, out-achieving, out-succeeding and defeating their daughter.

    What they are afraid of is a transgender boy on the opposing football team as a linebacker and the mere possibility he will break through the line and sack their beloved star quarterback and the town’s Favorite Son.

    The fear of a transgender linebacker might even Trump their fear of a woman president. It up-ends 2000 years of beliefs about the Natural Order of things and who is superior to whom as a matter of Natural Law, even physically.

  12. - MisterJayEm - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 11:47 am:

    “There is a difference between being Anti-Trans and wanting fairness in sporting competition.”


    And the very same difference existed between the platoon of Greek warriors and the giant wooden horse that concealed them.

    – MrJM

  13. - Near West Side - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 11:56 am:

    @ Stumped

    The tone of the email was condescending bordering on rude, not to mention hyperbolic.

  14. - We've never had one before - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 12:02 pm:

    Pawnshops - Caveat Emptor - everyone knows that pawnshops are expensive and should be a last resort.
    Pawn it vs Sell it: a former pawn shop employee told me that the pawn shop advances more money on a loan than they will pay outright for an item.

    Fentanyl: Fentanyl dealers should get the death penalty. The fentaynl users already get the death penalty…

  15. - OneMan - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 12:04 pm:

    == There is a difference between being Anti-Trans and wanting fairness in sporting competition ==

    Let’s talk about that. My daughter played HS volleyball, she also played club volleyball which cost me thousands of dollars a year (I was happy to spend it). The vast majority of her teammates also played club volleyball. The extra ‘reps’ that playing club gave her (along with summer camps) gave he an advantage over those students who didn’t.

    They would play East Aurora every year. The majority of those girls didn’t play club. They didn’t have matching team footwear, or matching team knee pads. Was that fair?

    Club volleyball in my neck of the woods is a multimillion-dollar business.

    I officiate HS football. I officiated games with teams where virtually everyone on the JV team had never played tackle football (and it showed), have teams where the kids had been playing travel tackle football for years, and it showed. We had teams where the parents could afford to pay for private coaching for their kids. Teams with excellent turf fields, meh grass fields, and video review on the sidelines so the players could watch the last series with the coaches. Is that fair?

    If you think some 14-year-old will declare a transition to have more success in swimming, one of us doesn’t understand the world.

    How about we fix those disparities, do that, and I will start to think this is about fairness. Then we can talk about the handful of athletes (at most) at the grade/middle/high school level you envision transitioning so they can be more successful at sports (it isn’t why they are doing that).

    Otherwise, this isn’t about fairness it’s about the ick factor.

    Oh yeah, from time to time, my daughter’s club team played boy’s teams, it didn’t kill her self-esteem nor her enjoyment of the game.

  16. - Amalia - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 12:11 pm:

    this discussion thread is exactly why legislation thrown out from either end of positions on trans women and girls…especially…in sports is so destructive and dangerous. it is very complicated and deserving of detailed, serious discussion. Clearly Bailey does not have the best interests of people at heart. And I’m also pretty certain he’s not leading any charge for money and rights for women and girls in sports. There is, however, a good deal to be discussed about differences in bodies that transition post puberty with heart lung and kidney size in biological males much greater than that of biological females and body differences that affect in different sports. there’s a whole national group working for fairness for all, for trans inclusion in sports, but fairness to women and girls. It includes gold medal swimmers, and Martina Navratilova. I’m deeply certain that Bailey does not care about that. everyone should.

  17. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 12:14 pm:

    The reality is Bailey is signaling to those who supported him and embrace hate… He (Bailey) still has their back.

    For me?

    For me it’s a “grift bill” for a man leaving his seat looking for cash streams that also allow hate to feed the back accounts.

  18. - Chicago Republican - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 12:43 pm:

    Trans people being a tiny segment of the population shouldn’t expect the vast majority of people to make wild accommodations for them which effectively turn the spirit of fair competition on its head. Why liberals can’t see this boggles my mind.

  19. - Roadrager - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 12:54 pm:

    ==Trans people being a tiny segment of the population shouldn’t expect the vast majority of people to make wild accommodations for them which effectively turn the spirit of fair competition on its head. Why liberals can’t see this boggles my mind==

    We’re talking about a high school kid playing a sport, dude. It will inconvenience you exactly zero.

  20. - cermak_rd - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 12:56 pm:

    Chicago Republican,
    Trans people being a tiny segment of the population and trans athletes a tiny segment of that tiny population should not have the laws turned on them just because of some supposed unfairness that might develop (how many times has this actually occurred?) . There are a lot of unfairnesses in life.

  21. - Betty Draper’s cigarette - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 1:04 pm:

    Why the emphasis on gender at birth? There are cases of delayed gender out there.

  22. - Demoralized - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 1:05 pm:

    == a tiny segment of the population shouldn’t expect the vast majority of people to make wild accommodations for them ==

    Umm, generally accomodations are made for tiny segments of the population.

  23. - Club J - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 1:12 pm:

    ***Chicago Republican***
    I don’t think the Republican Party is the majority of anything. Decent people accept the trans community and welcome them. Why don’t Republicans get that. Spreading false information and hate about their lives and activities is all groups like Awake and Bailey and DeVore followers know how to do. Get used to the Trans community being involved in sports going forward. This is 2022 not 1950.

  24. - Norseman - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 1:29 pm:

    Well said, OneMan, well said.

    I find it insane that the MAGA GOP bigots continue to argue that kids want to become transgender to get ahead in sports. Their speeches make it sound like Trans people are falling from the sky like rain.

  25. - Demoralized - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 1:35 pm:

    His brand of politics was soundly rejected at the ballot box and yet here he is, doubling down. Hate has no place in the law.

  26. - PublicServant - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 1:47 pm:

    Bailey’s bill might be a hit in New Illinois, but ot in this state.

  27. - Suburban Mom - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 1:54 pm:

    ===Trans people being a tiny segment of the population shouldn’t expect the vast majority of people to make wild accommodations for them which effectively turn the spirit of fair competition on its head.===

    Are you … gambling on HS sports as an income-earning proposition? Because “fair competition” isn’t really the point of HS sports — it’s good sportsmanship, health, wellbeing, making social connections, performing better in academic classes, and — yes, very incidentally, playing games where some people win and some people lose.

    Why do you care more about “fair competition” than about being fair to the children involved? And how exactly do you wind up in an intellectual place where you care more about the competitive aspects of HS sports than about the good sportsmanship? Literally the only conclusion I can draw is that you must be gambling on the games. Because otherwise, that’s super-weird of you, bro.

    ===And the very same difference existed between the platoon of Greek warriors and the giant wooden horse that concealed them. ===

    100% stealing this, this is a great line.

  28. - Oswego Willy - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 2:03 pm:

    - OneMan - and - MisterJayEm - have won the day.

    There’s not much left, and both with two different styles that showcase their GH chops.

  29. - H-W - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 2:58 pm:

    OneMan. Bravo. Perfect.

  30. - (Sigh) - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 7:13 pm:

    Payday loans… a little outdated, but a good starting source.

    Payday Lending State Statutes- 11/12/20

  31. - (Sigh) - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 7:19 pm:

    Well, Stone, you are correct. A quick Google search does work. And WHAT exactly were you thinking when you sent that email? So unprofessional.

    Payday Lending 2021 Legislation

  32. - Downers grove dad - Thursday, Nov 17, 22 @ 9:30 pm:

    Stunning and brave

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