Jill Rose Quinn is set to be the state's first trans judge, while LGBTQ ally Marie Newman bested one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress.
The Thursday night decision was years in the making.
Judi Brown says she was subjected to transphobic and racial harassment at a Circle K store in Illinois.
Illinois is the fifth state to require that schools teach about the contributions of LGBTQ people.
Michael McAuliffe plans to file legislation stripping film projects of tax credits working with the out actor.
Greg Harris, the new Illinois House majority leader, is one of several out lawmakers ascending to key posts.
The Department of Corrections continues to list her gender as male and to deadname the inmate.