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Friday, Jun 27, 2014 at 9:17 PM
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By Erin Carlson

Rauner Responds to Criticism Before Pride Parade

Capital Fax's Rich Miller reports that anti-Bruce Rauner signs are being plastered around Chicago's Boystown as the gay-friendly neighborhood prepares for the 45th Annual Pride Parade on Sunday. Read »

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 12:28 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Attends Gay Marriage Reception

The law that Quinn signed into law last November took effect Sunday. Only a few of the 102 county clerks statewide opened to issue the documents because the day fell on a weekend. So for many, Monday marks... Read »

Tuesday, Mar 4, 2014 at 7:48 PM
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By Associated Press

Lisa Madigan Gives County Clerks Gay Marriage Green Light

Lisa Madigan Gives County Clerks Gay Marriage Green Light

Attorney General Lisa Madigan is telling Illinois' county clerks they have the right to immediately issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Read »

Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014 at 11:35 AM
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By BJ Lutz

2nd Ill. County Starts Offering Gay Marriage Licenses

2nd Ill. County Starts Offering Gay Marriage Licenses

Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten said the decision comes after a judge's ruling last week declaring Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Read »

Friday, Feb 21, 2014 at 9:37 PM
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By BJ Lutz, Mary Ann Ahern

46 Gay Couples Pick Up Marriage Licenses Friday

"There is no reason to delay further when no opposition has been presented to this Court and committed gay and lesbian couples have already suffered from the denial of their fundamental right to marry," said... Read »

Tuesday, Jan 14, 2014 at 10:37 PM
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By Associated Press

Indiana Governor Seeks Vote On Gay Marriage

Indiana Governor Seeks Vote On Gay Marriage

Republican Gov. Mike Pence says the debate over whether to amend Indiana's constitution to ban gay marriage should be decided "once and for all" this year. Read »

Thursday, Nov 21, 2013 at 1:40 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Illinois Same-Sex Marriage Reactions Tell of Joy

Many, but not all, in the state are rejoicing and looking forward to what they see as a new era of equality and acceptance in their state. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013 at 7:10 PM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Gov. Quinn To Sign Illinois Gay Marriage Bill Today

A packed house is expected to be on hand to witness Gov. Pat Quinn will sign SB10 at 3:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum. Read »

Thursday, Nov 14, 2013 at 5:25 AM
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By Ward Room Staff

Hawaii Legalizes Gay Marriage, Making Ill. 16th

Hawaii Legalizes Gay Marriage, Making Ill. 16th

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed legislation Wednesday legalizing gay marriage in that state. Same-sex marriages are set to begin in the island state on Dec. 2. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013 at 7:09 PM
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By Haley BeMiller

Gay Lawmaker Pops the Question After Bill Passes

Gay Lawmaker Pops the Question After Bill Passes

Rep. Sam Yingling got engaged to his partner after Illinois passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Scott Walker

Scott Walker

Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, made a name for himself by taking on the unions in Wisconsin, eliminating their collective bargaining power, and then surviving a recall election that sprang from that...

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner

Bruce Rauner, a multi-millionaire venture capitalist from Winnetka and a Republican, took over the Illinois governor's mansion in 2015 and immediately asked the residents of the state to prepare for some pain.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

He's nearing the end of his presidency and considering his next moves. Will Chicago have a play?

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