Illinois Senate votes to protect residents from registering their faith

Illinois Senate votes to protect residents from registering their faith

The Illinois Senate is sending a message to Washington D.C.

They took action on a bill on Thursday that would ensure all people in Illinois wouldn't have to register their faith in a database.

The Senate unanimously approved Senate Bill 3488, which would bar Illinois from participating in any sort of religious registry.

Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, is the sponsor of the bill.

He said the bill comes after President Donald Trump suggested creating a Muslim-registry.

President Trump floated the idea during his campaign.

Cullerton said forcing people to register their religion is 'un-American.'

He said he doesn't want Illinois to be part of such narrow-minded politics.

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

A Senate Republican spokesman said Republicans who voted for this bill aren't necessarily taking a stance against the president.

He said they're trying to protect religious freedoms.

The bill is now heading to the House for consideration.

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