WASHINGTON–White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett is back in Chicago, to keynote the Equality Illinois gala on Saturday night, an event drawing a who’s who of Illinois political figures.
From Equality Illinois: “Continuing its more than decade-long tradition as the largest LGBT black-tie gala in the Midwest Equality Illinois hosts its 2012 Justice for All Benefit Gala February 11, 2012.
“…This year, Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and ally community is celebrating the news that the federal appeals court struck down Proposition 8, California’s ban on marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
“The audience is both affluent and influential. Past political guests, awardees and honorees include Governor Pat Quinn, Governor Jim Edgar and Mrs. Edgar, Secretary of State Jesse White, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Treasurer Judy Barr Topinka, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, and Bloomington Mayor Judy Markiewicz, as well as then-Senator Barack Obama.”