ERA advances – On Wednesday, the Illinois House Human Services Committee advanced legislation carrying the Equal Rights Amendment, SJRCA4, from Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie). Supporters signed witness slips for the hearing totaled 3,397 and opponents 569. The measure cleared the panel 7-5 along party lines, and now moves to the House floor. The hearing was the panel’s second on the matter, following a four-hour no-vote hearing last week. At a press conference after the hearing, Lang said he continues to seek wider Republican support and may call the measure for a House vote next week. Lang added that while his goal was to see the measure passed by the end of session, the process may extend into summer as he still faces some Republican opposition.