Translate the Illinois General Assembly website into various languages

In an effort to make state government and the legislative process more accessible to Illinois residents, State Representative Nick Sauer (R-Lake Barrington) is providing a link to translate the Illinois General Assembly website, www.ilga.gov, into various different languages.

Translating the General Assembly website into other languages was raised during debate on the House floor this week in Springfield. Legislation, House Bill 695, proposed the use of software costing as much as $1.5 million to translate the website into Spanish. Given Illinois' financial problems, members of the Republican Caucus sought another solution to meet the needs of Illinoisans who do not speak English as their first language. 

During debate, it was found that California uses the free Google Translate application to provide translation for more than 100 languages. This led to HB 695 being pulled from the record, preventing the unnecessary expenditure of taxpayer funds and now General Assembly members are offering translations for www.ilga.gov in several languages. 

The Illinois General Assembly website contains legislator profiles, full text of all legislation introduced in the House of Representatives and State Senate, live audio and video feeds of legislative session and committee hearings; as well as a wide variety of other legislative information and support services.

Please click any of the links below to translate the Illinois General Assembly website into your preferred language:

Spanish         Español
Arabic          عربي               
Hindi           हिन्दी      
Chinese (Simplified) 中文简体               
Chinese (Traditional) 中文繁體                
Japanese        日本語 
Korean          한국어             
Russian         Русский 
French          Français    
German        Deutsch             
Italian            Italiano           
Polish             Polski        
Greek             Ελληνικά 

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