Fighting for Equity and Justice

From expanding voting rights to investing in historically underserved communities, JB’s administration is making social justice and the fight for equity a top priority.

  • Established the Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Initiative, led by the Lt. Governor, to advance criminal justice reform and equity-focused programs
  • Used cannabis tax revenue to address communities harmed by violence, excessive incarceration, and economic disinvestment
  • Doubled the amount of funding for violence prevention and anti-violence programs
  • Expanded the Illinois Human Rights Act to include LGBTQ+ residents as a protected class
  • Ensured every school in our state is safe, supportive, and inclusive for our trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming students
  • Expunged minor cannabis-related offenses for 500,000 Illinoisans, reducing barriers to employment, housing and professional licenses
  • Enacted an historic reform agenda to address systemic racism initiated by the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, including criminal justice reform, education, economic opportunity, and health care
  • Expanded infertility insurance to cover LGBTQ+ families
  • Allocated $40 million for new home buyers, providing down payments and student loan repayment assistance to working class families and communities of color across the state
  • Launched “Healing Illinois” initiative to advance racial healing through grants to community organizations
  • Created a uniform standard for people to correct gendered language on their birth and marriage certificates
  • Increased access to the ballot by expanding early voting and vote-by-mail during the 2020 election
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