Illinois

Status of Medical Aid in Dying

The End-of-Life Options Act (SB 3499) would authorize medical aid in dying in Illinois. It was introduced in the Senate on 2/8/2024 by Assistant Majority Leader Linda Holmes. The legislation is summarized here.

In a 2023 poll, 71% of likely Illinois voters supported this compassionate legislation, and the majority of Illinois physicians also support this option.

Survey of Illinois Physicians’ Attitudes Toward Medical Aid in Dying as an End-of-Life Option

Illinois Legislative Campaign Overview

The Compassion & Choices Action Network Illinois team and the ACLU of Illinois partner in the Illinois End-of-Life Options Coalition. If you would like to get involved, please sign up here.

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Polling Data

Legislation to allow medical aid in dying, an option for mentally capable, terminally ill adults to peacefully end unbearable suffering, is supported by a wide majority of Illinois voters, regardless of political affiliation, disability, race, gender identity, age or religion.

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Illinois Compassionate Quarterly Newsletter – Fall/Winter 2022
November 21, 2022

In the a blink of an eye, it is the start of the holiday season. Below are highlights of our recent activities and an interesting spotlight on our volunteer Susie Ruth, Illinois death doula. Ready to get involved in Compassion & Choices’ work in Illinois? Tap or click here to email Midwest Advocacy Director Amy…

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Illinois Compassionate Quarterly – Summer 2022
June 29, 2022

Let’s face it, the news has been distressing lately. Our work to recognize autonomy and expand options at the end of life has never been more important. Below are highlights of our recent activities and an informative spotlight from our coalition partner, Khadine Bennett, of the ACLU of Illinois. Local Update Activities are heating up…

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Illinois Compassionate Quarterly – Fall 2021
April 10, 2022

As we close out 2021, we’re celebrating our first year of publishing this newsletter, bringing you up-to-date news on the growth of the movement to expand and protect end-of-life care options in Illinois. Together we have made terrific progress this year: Forty-five volunteers stepped forward to meet with 16 state legislators by Zoom this summer….

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Illinois Compassionate Quarterly – Spring 2022
March 21, 2022

As we spring forward to expand our daylight hours, we are doing the same with our movement here in Illinois — educating and advocating to expand end-of-life options, including medical aid in dying.   As you read on, we think you will be heartened by the wide range of activities and events occurring in the weeks ahead. Local…

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Illinois Compassionate Quarterly – Winter 2021
March 15, 2022

Hello Friends of Compassion & Choices Illinois! Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Illinois Compassionate Quarterly, an email publication written by, and for, friends of the rapidly growing end-of-life options movement in Illinois. You will find information about recent and upcoming statewide and national events, and learn about what Illinois activists are doing. You will…

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Illinois Compassionate Quarterly – Spring 2021
March 10, 2022

Happy National Healthcare Decisions Day! Today, April 16, we recognize National Healthcare Decisions Day. In our second year of a global pandemic, we have a unique opportunity to command more attention on the importance of advance care planning and the movement to expand and protect end-of-life options for everyone. Make sure the people you care…

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Illinois Compassionate Quarterly – Summer 2021
February 11, 2022

Meet Legislative Champion, Illinois Representative Robyn Gabel Today we’re pleased to spotlight Representative Robyn Gabel (D) of the Illinois 18th House District, which includes several north Chicago suburbs. Rep. Gabel also serves as the Assistant Majority Leader. First, please enjoy local and national updates about the end-of-life options movement. Local Update Our Illinois volunteer Action Teams continue…

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Illinois Compassionate Quarterly – Fall 2021
November 29, 2021

As we close out 2021, we’re celebrating our first year of publishing this newsletter, bringing you up-to-date news on the growth of the movement to expand and protect end-of-life care options in Illinois. Together we have made terrific progress this year: Forty-five volunteers stepped forward to meet with 16 state legislators by Zoom this summer….

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Illinois Compassionate Quarterly – Summer 2021
August 18, 2021

Meet Legislative Champion, Illinois Representative Robyn Gabel Today we’re pleased to spotlight Representative Robyn Gabel (D) of the Illinois 18th House District, which includes several north Chicago suburbs. Rep. Gabel also serves as the Assistant Majority Leader. First, please enjoy local and national updates about the end-of-life options movement. Local Update Our Illinois volunteer Action Teams continue…

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