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Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 at 4:41 AM
      

Opponents in Gay Marriage Fight Gear Up

Opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage are gearing up for another push in the Illinois Legislature. Read »

Sunday, Sep 22, 2013 at 12:18 PM
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By Associated Press

Dem Leader Urges Ill. House to OK Gay Marriage

Dem Leader Urges Ill. House to OK Gay Marriage

The second-ranking Democrat in the Illinois House has become the latest elected official urging lawmakers to support same-sex marriage as a matter of equality and as a boost for the state's economy. Read »

Wednesday, Aug 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Pat Brady Infuriates Social Conservatives

Pat Brady Infuriates Social Conservatives

A prominent conservative leader calls Brady's agreement to lobby for same-sex marriage "an unholy quest." Read »

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 10:56 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Obama Used In Pro-Gay Marriage Radio Ad

Obama Used In Pro-Gay Marriage Radio Ad

As the fight for black legislators' votes continues, gay marriage advocates use a sound bite from the president. Read »

Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 8:36 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

State's Gay Marriage Bill Could Still be Called

State's Gay Marriage Bill Could Still be Called

Backers of a measure that would've legalized same-sex marriage in Illinois on Monday wrote a letter to advocates saying it's not the time for them "to splinter." It comes three days after the bill's sponsor,... Read »

Monday, Jun 3, 2013 at 8:36 PM
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By Edward McClelland
      

Don't Blame Black Legislators for Killing Gay Marriage

Whites were far more likely to oppose the bill. Read »

Sunday, Jun 2, 2013 at 3:53 PM
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By Associated Press

Legislative Failures Could Hurt Quinn in 2014 Bid

Legislative Failures Could Hurt Quinn in 2014 Bid

The Illinois Legislature's failure to act on the pension crisis could cause problems for Gov. Pat Quinn's re-election bid. Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:51 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Big Issues Remained on Legislature's Final Day

Big Issues Remained on Legislature's Final Day

Illinois lawmakers entered the final day of the legislative session Friday with two of the biggest issues facing the state still unresolved: a nearly $100 billion pension crisis and a court-ordered bill on... Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:57 PM
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By Ward Room Staff
      

Gay Marriage Bill Dead This Session

The clock is ticking for those who hope Illinois will become the 13th state to legalize same-sex marriage, and supporters aren't giving up. Groups traveled to Springfield Friday morning from the offices of... Read »

Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9:42 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Top Issues Facing Illinois Lawmakers

Top Issues Facing Illinois Lawmakers

Illinois lawmakers face a Friday deadline and a half-dozen major issues are still pending. Here's where they stood on Wednesday: Read »

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