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Thursday, Nov 7, 2013 at 4:16 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Quinn Sets Date To Sign Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Gov. Pat Quinn will sign legislation on Nov. 20 to allow same-sex couples to marry in Illinois. The signing ceremony is scheduled to take place at 3:30 p.m. that day at the University of Illinois at Chicago... 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 »

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013 at 2:09 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

SB10 Roundup: 5 Best Reads on Illinois Same Sex Marriage

SB10 Roundup: 5 Best Reads on Illinois Same Sex Marriage

There were some good and even great reaction pieces to yesterday's historic news in Illinois. Here’s five of some of the best. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013 at 1:21 PM
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By Ward Room Staff

Who Voted For, Against Same-Sex Marriage in Illinois

The Illinois House on Tuesday historically voted to approve same-sex marriage in Illinois. The Senate followed suit about an hour later, and the state is now a governor's signature away from becoming the 15th... Read »

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013 at 9:19 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Opinion: Why I am Proud to Live in Illinois Today

Opinion: Why I am Proud to Live in Illinois Today

After Illinois became the 15th state in the union to legalize same-sex marriages, nobody in my state will be discriminated against in the most human of ways. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Supporters Praise Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Illinois legislators react to General Assembly's decision to pass a bill supporting same-sex marriage, but not everyone is happy about the new law. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 6, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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By Mary Ann Ahern

Supporters Celebrate As Lawmakers Approve Gay Marriage

The Illinois House and Senate vote to approve same-sex marriage, setting up the state to become the 15th to allow gay marriages. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2013 at 1:50 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Suburban Mayors Line Up Behind Gay Marriage

Suburban Mayors Line Up Behind Gay Marriage

The suburban mayors join a number of mayors across the state, including Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, in supporting the legislation. Read »

Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 at 6:07 PM
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By Ward Room Staff, The Associated Press

Gay Marriage Opponents Rally in Springfield

The "Defend Marriage Lobby Day" event is sponsored by the Illinois Family Institute. It follows Tuesday's "March on Springfield" protest by gay marriage supporters. Read »

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 »

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Who We're Covering
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.

Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

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?

Toni Preckwinkle

Toni Preckwinkle

County Board Prez declined to run against Rahm for mayor despite loud calls.

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