Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont) is the first woman to be elected to one of the four positions of legislative leader in Illinois. In a committee hearing at the Capitol, she put herself in the position of voting for ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in Illinois while attacking the motives of its campaign. More than 30 years after the national effort sputtered out, 10 days before the end of the spring legislative session, during a contentious gubernatorial election year, she suggested Gov. Pat Quinn is the one pulling the strings.
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“If I were him,” says Radogno, “I’d want to pursue something like this as well, to get the focus off my record of the financial management (and) the federal investigation going on.” Radogno called the ERA movement “a clear deflection” but voted with the majority. SJRCA 75 passed the Senate Executive Committee. Whether the Equal Right Amendment is still open for ratification is in question; 35 of the 38 states necessary for ratification passed it by a 1982 deadline. Some states subsequently rescinded their ratification.