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Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 3:50 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Would State Senator Obama Have Voted For Gay Marriage?

Would State Senator Obama Have Voted For Gay Marriage?

Maybe ... but he would have regretted it when he ran for higher office. Read »

Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 11:05 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Ill. House Extends Deadline to Consider Gay Marriage Bill

Ill. House Extends Deadline to Consider Gay Marriage Bill

The Illinois House has reportedly extended its deadline one week for considering a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage. Read »

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 10:18 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: How to Marry Your Gay Cousin

Opinion: How to Marry Your Gay Cousin

According to the Religious Freedom and Marital Fairness Act, gay cousins can marry -- as long as one is incapable of having children. Read »

Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 1:12 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Sandack Withdraws From Race For GOP Chairman, Cites Gay Marriage

Sandack Withdraws From Race For GOP Chairman, Cites Gay Marriage

The Downers Grove state representative's withdrawal leaves seven candidates for the party chairmanship. Read »

Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 5:54 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Opinion: Illinois's Pioneering Gay Legislator

Opinion: Illinois's Pioneering Gay Legislator

State Sen. Penny Severns's sexuality didn't become public until after her death -- but it wasn't a surprise to her constituents in Decatur. Read »

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 12:54 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Delaware Passes Same-Sex Marriage

Delaware Passes Same-Sex Marriage

While the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act languishes in the House, another state jumps past Illinois. Read »

Friday, May 3, 2013 at 1:54 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Country Stars for Gay Marriage

Country Stars for Gay Marriage

"Big" Kenny Alphin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris think gays should be able to say "I Will Always Love You." Read »

Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 4:11 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Black Pastors Go on Radio Against Gay Marriage

Black Pastors Go on Radio Against Gay Marriage

Opposition from black clergy has bottled up the same-sex marriage bill in the state House. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM
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By Edward McClelland

Q&A: A Republican For Gay Marriage

Q&A: A Republican For Gay Marriage

As a state senator, Ron Sandack voted against the civil unions. As a state representative, he was the first member of his caucus to come out in favor of the Religious Freedom and Marital Fairness Act. The... Read »

Thursday, Apr 4, 2013 at 9:40 PM
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By Sophia Tareen, Associated Press
      

Clergy Members Amp Up Support of Gay Marriage

A group of black Chicago area clergy members say they're supporting gay marriage not as a religious issue, but because it's a matter of equality. Legislation allowing same sex couples to marry faces tough... Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

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Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

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

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Ed Burke

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