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Illinois Senate sends message: Religious registries “fundamentally un-American”

jjc 051018SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate overwhelmingly voted to oppose the government creating a database to track people by their religion, sending a message to the White House and Washington that the Land of Lincoln won’t be part of such narrow-minded politics.

“With this, Illinois sends a message. The government forcing people to register their religion is fundamentally un-American. It conjures up ugly imagery of the past that should never be repeated,” said Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton, the lead sponsor of the legislation opposing religious registries.

Cullerton’s proposal – Senate Bill 3488 – comes in response to anti-Muslim rhetoric from by then-candidate and now-President Donald Trump. The legislation simply states that Illinois would not participate in any such database or registry of faith followers.

The proposal passed the Senate 39-0. It now advances to the Illinois House.

Sen. President Cullerton


6th District
President of the Senate
 

Years served: 1979 - 1991 (House); 1991 - Present (Senate)

Committee assignments: Committee of the Whole; Executive.

Biography: Attorney; born Oct. 28, 1948, in Chicago; B.A., political science, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University Law School; served in Illinois National Guard, 1970-76; former Assistant Public Defender and instructor at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy; married (wife, Pamela), has five children.