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Rauner Reduces Punishment for Minor Pot Possession From Jail Citation

Monique Garcia, July 29, 2016

“We applaud Gov. Rauner and the legislator for replacing Illinois’s needlessly draconian marijuana possession law with a much more sensible policy.”

Illinois Rep. Cassidy Seeks to Increase Inmate Access to GED Education

Ashlee Rezin, February 18, 2016

“The GED in IDOC bill would give people with criminal records a fighting chance at being successful and feeling good about themselves.”

Kelly Cassidy Reintroduces Illinois Bill for Marijuana Penalty Reform

Examiner, December 11, 2015

“It is no secret that crime is an issue in many of our communities, money is tight and public safety resources are stretched to their limits all over the state… do we want police officers out doing their jobs or sitting behind desks and going to court processing minor marijuana charges?”


Law Addresses Bullying in Illinois Schools

Matthew Searcy, August 13, 2014

“Next semester, schools must have anti-cyber bullying policies that include procedures for investigating reports of bullying, addressing the problem, and notifying parents.”


Quinn signs ballot question on birth control

Cody Delmendo July 18, 2014

“Under state law, birth control already is required to be a part of all health insurance programs, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 30 that birth control measures can be excluded from employer-provided prescription drug coverage if the employer’s religious beliefs are against it.”


Quinn Oks Advisory Ballot Question About Birth Control

July 7, 2014

“The ongoing attacks on women’s access to healthcare have made more than clear that there is a coordinated and focused plan to turn back the clock on women’s healthcare rights,” Cassidy added. “Today we are asking women and the men who care about them to send a loud and clear message that healthcare decisions are between a woman and her doctor, not her employer.”


Governor Quinn Signs Law to Put Women’s Rights Issue on the November Ballot

US Official News, July 6, 2014

“The ongoing attacks on women’s access to healthcare have made more than clear that there is a coordinated and focused plan to turn back the clock on women’s healthcare rights,” Representative Cassidy said. “Today we are asking women and the men who care about them to send a loud and clear message that healthcare decisions are between a woman and her doctor, not her employer.”


Gov. Quinn signs anti-bullying bill

“This significant enhancement was made possible by the hard work of parents, sponsors Rep. Kelly Cassidy and Sen. Heather Steans, and advocacy groups such as Equality Illinois and the ACLU of Illinois.”


Quinn signs anti-bullying bill

Lauren Fitzpatrick, June 26, 2014

“State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) said the law was needed because parents of bullied children felt they weren’t being heard at schools or finding safe solutions for their kids.”


New Law Cracks Down on Bullying, Helps Protect All Illinois Students

“House Bill 5707, sponsored by State Representative Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) and State Senator Heather Steans (D-Chicago), requires all public schools to develop and implement an anti-bullying policy. The policy must include a definition of bullying, procedures for the reporting of bullying, parental notification, the investigation of reports of bullying and actions that may be taken to address bullying. The new law is effective immediately.”


Quinn to sign anti-bullying bill

John Byrne, June 26th, 2014

“House Bill 5707 requires all public schools to create an anti-bullying policy that includes a definition of bullying, procedures for students to report bullying and for school officials to investigate those reports, procedures for notifying parents about bullying and actions to address it.”


Gay Rights- There’s no Turning Back

June 22, 2014

Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a mother of three in a same-sex relationship, told her colleagues what her partner meant to her. “You will never regret doing the right thing,” the North Side Democrat said. “The right thing is to tell my family and ones like us that we are valued, that we are equal.”


Illinois Legalizes Medical Marijuana For Children With Seizures

Sharon Bernstein, June 20, 2014

“Residents will be allowed to apply for permission to use the drug to treat medical conditions in September, and the full program is expected to be up and running early next year.”


House sends Quinn advisory referendum on contraception coverage

Dave McKinney, May 30, 2014

“I’d like to hear from our residents about how strongly they feel about birth control,” said Rep. Kelly Cassidy


General Assembly passes anti-bullying bill

Kate Sosin, May 29, 2014

“To get straight to the heart of bullying in our schools, it will take a comprehensive approach among parents and educators,” Cassidy said in a statement. “By giving school district the tools to combat bullying and working with the community to offer youth programming and professional development for staff, we can help ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for children and schools.”


Anti-bullying bill in jeopardy over LGBT support

Kate Sosin, May 23, 2014

“Bill HB 5290, introduced by lesbian Rep. Kelly Cassidy, would bolster the state’s anti-bullying code by creating model policies for schools in 2013.

The bill is not LGBT-specific. Rather, it adds to the current code, which already contains LGBT protections along with several other identity categories. The amendment would mandate education, emotional support, counseling and other community-based solutions intended to address root causes of bullying.”


High Time for Illinois to Legalize Pot? Some Lawmakers Believe So

Brandon Bond, May 7, 2014

“Some lawmakers feel it is high time to take the next step in the marijuana legalization process. Currently, Washington and Colorado are the only states that legalize the sale of marijuana to adults for recreational use, but more states are considering legalizing the drug.”


Officials call for recreational pot use to be legalized

Brian Slodysko, April 28, 2014

“But backers of the effort — including Chicago-area state representatives Mike Zalewski, Kelly Cassidy and Christian Mitchell who also appeared with Fritchey at the news conference — cited a bevy of statistics that suggested pot legalization could help solve more than just medical ailments. For example, racial minorities are often the target of enforcement efforts, they say. Meanwhile, their white counterparts are not arrested to the same degree for marijuana possession, they say.”


Illinois politicians now talking openly about legalizing pot

Mick Dumke, April 28, 2014

“I believe the goal of full legalization is the right one for our state,” said Representative Kelly Cassidy.

Cassidy was joined by her house colleagues Christian Mitchell and Michael Zalewski, who have all sponsored legislation in Springfield to ease the penalties for marijuana possession. But, Cassidy said, “I think what we’re working on, realignment, is just a step toward taxing and regulating.”


 House kills efforts to ban ‘conversion therapy’ for gay kids

Elise Dismer, April 10, 2014

“This treatment plan causes depression, causes suicidal actions, and is incredibly harmful to children,” said Cassidy who is openly lesbian and one of the lead architects of Illinois’ same-sex marriage law.”


Ban on anti-gay ‘conversion therapy’ advances in Illinois

Adam Serwer, March 28th, 2014

“We’re talking about some real basic common sense,” Cassidy says. “This is putting the consensus opinion of all the mental health professionals into statute.”


Legislation to let kids with epilepsy use pot advances

Elise Dismer, March 25, 2014

“If we say we’re serious about decriminalizing marijuana, we should decriminalize it: There shouldn’t be collateral consequences,” Cassidy said. “If it’s on your criminal record, it can still impact your ability to find work, apply for housing and receive student loans.”


Chicago Area Residents Urge State Lawmakers to Address Social Service ‘Crisis’ in Illinois

Ellyn Fortino, February 24th, 2014

“We’re not treating folks like customers, Cassidy added, “We’re not treating them like human beings, and this effort of efficiency is not only inefficient, it’s inhumane.”


Illinois lawmaker introduces bill to ban conversion therapy on LGBT youth

Colin Murphy, February 23rd, 2014

“Fundamentally, we need to love our children as they are brought to us, Cassidy told WTAX in Springfield. “I have three little boys, and I don’t know who they are going to be. I know they are going to be loved.”


Cassidy introduces bill requiring Illinois gun registration

February 7th, 2014

“We’ve dealt for too long with gun violence in our neighborhoods, most often perpetrated by individuals who acquired the firearms through illicit means.” said State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D- Chicago) who filed the bill on Wednesday.

“Registration is a common sense policy that ties the weapon to its buyer, preventing the types of straw purchasing that puts guns into criminal’s hands,” Cassidy stated.


Gay Marriage bill to be signed in front of “as many people as possible”

Dave McKinney, November 6, 2013

“State Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, the bill’s main House sponsor, and Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, its chief Senate sponsor, were joined Wednesday by Rep. Sam Yingling, D-Round Lake Beach, and Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, in hand-delivering the newly-passed Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act to the governor.


Concealed Carry Bill Fails in State House

April 19th, 2013

“The only hunting that’s happening in my area is of young men.” said Rep. Kelly Cassidy, a Chicago Democrat who offered legislation Wednesday that would empower local and state police to decide to withhold a concealed-carry permit regardless of whether an applicant met the requirements.


Will the “war on women” get women into office?

By Kathy Kleeman and Debbie Walsh, April 27, 2012

“Lawmakers, who are mostly men, have attacked core women’s rights issues. And other lawmakers, mostly women, will speak out forcefully when they see policies that unduly burden women. We were reminded that when given the platform of elected office, women stand ready to take action on what they see as distinctive female concerns.”


State House: Signs of LGBT progress in district race

March 27, 2012

“I came here 20 years ago, knew no one,” Cassidy said. “The folks that are supporting me are supporting me because they’ve seen my work, my results, how hard I work when I’m engaged in a fight. That’s why they’re supporting me, not because I’m some how connected.”


Illinois Bullying Bill Approved By State Human Rights Commission

March 1, 2012

“The proposal (House Bill 5290), sponsored by Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago), would require that schools implement aggressive guidelines aimed at preventing both bullying and cyberbullying beginning next fall.”