Status of End-of-Life Legislation

The Illinois End-of-Life Options for Terminally Ill Patients Act (SB 3499), that would authorize medical aid in dying in Illinois, was introduced in the Senate on February 8, 2024 by Assistant Majority Leader Linda Holmes (D 42). The legislation is summarized here.

The majority of Illinoisans support medical aid in dying. In a 2023 poll, 71% of likely Illinois Voters supported this compassionate legislation. The majority of Illinois physicians also support this option with the key safeguards in the legislation

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 are partnering in the Illinois End-of-Life Options Coalition to advocate for the end-of-life care option of medical aid in dying for qualified terminally ill Illinoisans. If you would like to get involved in this movement, please sign up here.


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.

5 charts showing support for Medical Aid in dying across demographics in Illinois

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Nilsa Centeno is the mother of the late Miguel Carrasquillo, a Chicago chef who died in his native Puerto Rico in 2016 of brain cancer while advocating for medical aid in dying.

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simple blue medical cross graphic.For Patients Access the Illinois Advance Directive  



tools for end of life planning and decision making.End-of-Life Planning Use our step-by-step guide to chart your journey.  



advance care planning and resources in Spanish, espanol.Los recursos en Español Los recursos en Español.  



answers to questions about COVID-19, including treatment and end of life.COVID-19 Toolkit Get answers to your questions about COVID-19 and end of life care.  



tools for end of life planning and decision making.Resources for Providers Find resources tailored to the needs of healthcare providers.     



Nilsa Centeno standing in her back yard wearing an orange shirt

“When Miguel first let me know he was considering medical aid in dying, I involuntarily shook my head saying no. But as I watched my son suffer, I realized that our Lord had no desire for my child to suffer needlessly.”

The following excerpt is from the op-ed, “Terminal cancer made my son suffer. I urge state lawmakers to pass death with dignity legislation,” by Nilsa Centeno that first appeared in the Chicago Tribune on June 11, 2021.

My 35-year-old son, Miguel Carrasquillo, was an old soul with a contagious smile who stood out in his ability to advocate for change, even though he was dying in agony from cancer.

Miguel was a chef at Petterino’s in Chicago, where he lived for 10 years, when was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor called glioblastoma multiforme. Despite bravely enduring excruciatingly painful treatments to try to cure his cancer, it spread to his liver, stomach, testicles and other vital organs.

Miguel was only 35 years old when the brain tumor took his life on June 5, 2016.

Five years have passed since the death of my only son. And even though pain of his loss devours me daily, not a single day passes without me continuing to carry out his last wish: to urge legislators to pass laws to give terminally ill people the option he did not have of medical aid in dying to peacefully end unbearable suffering.

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El Diario Nueva York - Seis años sin mi hijo Miguel (April 2022)

El Diario Nueva York - Nadie debe morir en agonía como lo hizo mi hijo Miguel (October 2016)

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