About Equality Illinois
Equality Illinois (EQIL) was founded in 1991 to secure, protect and defend equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people throughout Illinois. In 2000, the Equality Illinois Education Project, our 501(c)(3) arm, was created to focus on the educational and charitable aspects of the mission. EQIL�s initiatives extend throughout every sector of Illinois life, reaching individuals and organizations both in the LGBT community and the mainstream, across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
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The Annual Gala
Equality Illinois expects over 1,000 guests to attend its annual Justice for All Benefit Gala, continuing its more than decade-long tradition as the largest LGBT black-tie gala in the Midwest � and a fun and exciting event for everyone. The 2013 Gala will be held Saturday, February
9, 2013 . As in past years, the 2013 Gala will generate substantial media attention in the gay as well as mainstream Illinois media. The attendees always include a wide array of state, county and city elected officials, business owners and executives, community leaders, and other prominent Illinoisans. The audience is both affluent and influential. Past political guests, awardees and honorees include Governor Pat Quinn, Governor Jim Edgar and Mrs. Edgar, Secretary of State Jesse White, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Treasurer Judy Barr Topinka, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, and Bloomington Mayor Judy Markiewicz, as well as then-Senator Barack Obama.