Governor of Illinois Signs Bill to Introduce More Gender Inclusive Official Titles


Governor of Illinois J.B. Pritzker signed a legislation on Thursday aimed at changing the word “alderman” which is used for elected district officials, to “alderperson,” Fox News informed.

Introduced in February, the Democratic bill’s primary aim is to amend the Illinois election in order to delay the 2022 state primaries until June.

The provisions included near the end of the legislation, however, state a change from “alderman to “alderperson,” but also “congressman” to “congressperson.”

Democratic State Representative Maurice West, who is also the bill’s co-sponsor along with Rep. Kelly Cassidy, said that the state statute contains many ‘hes’ and ‘hims’ and that nowadays there are not just women in office, but also there are people who do not identify with any genders.

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