CHICAGO, Ill. — With the successful launch of a gay marriage bill in the Senate Executive Committee last Tuesday and the anticipated vote on the Illinois Senate floor on Thursday, Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, Equality Illinois‘ Justice For All Gala on Sat., Feb. 9, was a timely celebration and call for action.
With over 1,000 attendees at the Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan Ave., the annual black-tie gala attracted dignitaries, policy makers, charity heads and community activists including Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The evening featured remarks by Quinn, who renewed his support for full marriage equality, Equality Illinois board member and Sidetrack co-owner Art Johnston and renowned Chicago chef Art Smith. read full story here
There were more than a thousand people shaking hands, giving hugs and patting backs in the elegant Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago, a crowd of sparkling dresses, heels, cummerbunds and bow ties.
On Saturday, Feb. 9 Equality Illinois held its annual Justice for All gala, which featured a silent auction, dinner, awards ceremony and dance.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Pat Quinn, and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle were some of the many elected officials in attendance, among an array of activists, policy makers, nonprofit workers and journalists. Also in attendance were openly gay elected officials including 44 th Ward Ald. Tom Tunney, 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman and openly gay State Representatives Greg Harris, Kelly Cassidy and Deborah Mell. Openly gay Cook County Water Reclamation District Commissioner Debra Shore was also at the gala. Read the full story here