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Illinois lawmakers are saying "no" to the Muslim registry that never materialized. 

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton said the plan that passed the Illinois Senate Thursday that prohibits state government from putting people into databases has one very specific purpose. 

"The bill initially was in response, quite frankly, to the last presidential election," Cullerton told senators. "Where it was indicated by the president that he wanted to create a federal registry of Muslims."

On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump made some comments about Muslims in response to questions from reporters about a registry.

The proposal would ban the state from creating a list based on race, color, gender identity, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, and military status, order of protection status, pregnancy, or unfavorable discharge from military service.

It passed unanimously, 39-0. 

State Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, said the idea of less government snooping is a good one.

"The less privacy people have, the larger government gets, the more registries and lists people maintain," Righter said. 

The plan, SB 3488, doesn't do anything to the multitude of lists that Illinois already has. That includes Illinois' sex offender registry, the state's FOID Card database, or other lists kept by the Department of Revenue or the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. 

Cullerton said the idea behind the legislation is to make a statement in Illinois. 

The bill now goes for a vote in the Illinois House. 


An industry veteran with two decades of experience in media, Benjamin Yount reports on Illinois statewide issues for INN. Yount also hosts Watchdog Radio, a daily radio show on Cities 92.9 in Bloomington/Normal.

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