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Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 at 6:19 PM
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By Marcus Riley

Gay Chicago Alderman to Get Married in Seattle

Gay Chicago Alderman to Get Married in Seattle

Ald. James Cappleman seeks to take advantage of federal recognition now granted same-sex couples. Read »

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 4:32 PM
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By Charlie Wojciechowski
      

Judge Says Same-Sex Marriage Lawsuit Can Proceed

An Illinois judge promises to rule on the future of a lawsuit seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. The lawsuit was filed last year by 25 gay couples who want the right to marry. Read »

Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013 at 1:32 PM
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By Associated Press
      

Lawsuit Challenges Illinois Gay Marriage Ban

A Cook County judge heard arguments on whether to dismiss a case challenging Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage. Read »

Wednesday, Jun 26, 2013 at 11:21 PM
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By Lisa Balde
      

What Illinois Is Saying About DOMA Ruling

Reactions rolled in quickly from state lawmakers, activist groups and key participants after a divided Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional. 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 »

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 »

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 9:32 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Obama Organization Pushes for Gay Marriage in Illinois

Obama Organization Pushes for Gay Marriage in Illinois

An email to supporters from Organizing for Action asked them to lobby Illinois House members to pass the bill already OK'd by state senators on Valentine's Day. Read »

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013 at 3:57 PM
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By Sophia Tareen

Madigan: Gay Marriage 12 Votes Short in House

Madigan: Gay Marriage 12 Votes Short in House

A proposal to make Illinois the 10th state to allow gay marriage will face a "very difficult" reception in the Illinois House, Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan said Wednesday as advocates vowed to... Read »

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM
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By Associated Press

House Committee OKs Gay Marriage Bill

House Committee OKs Gay Marriage Bill

The House Executive Committee voted 6-5 late Tuesday to move a measure lifting the state's ban on same-sex marriage to the floor. Read »

Thursday, Feb 14, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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By BJ Lutz

Rahm Offers Valentine to Gay Community

Rahm Offers Valentine to Gay Community

On the heels of the Illinois Senate advancing a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office took to social media with a quick post embracing the move. Read »

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Who We're Covering
Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

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

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.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

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

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