Illinois Governor Signs Bill Making Official Titles More Gender Inclusive

Illinois Governor Signs Bill Making Official Titles More Gender Inclusive

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday signed a bill to change “alderman,” a word for elected district officials in the state, to “alderperson.”

The Democratic legislation first introduced in February primarily amends the state’s election code to delay the 2022 Illinois primary until June.

Provisions mentioned toward the end of the bill, however, include the change from “alderman” to “alderperson” and “congressman” to “congressperson.”

“We see a lot of ‘hes’ and ‘hims’” in state statute, said Democratic state Rep. Maurice West, who co-sponsored the bill with Democratic state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, said early this month, according to WTT

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