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Recent U.S Census data shows the number of same-sex households in Illinois have gone up drastically in the last decade.
The number of gay and lesbian couples went up by more than 40 percent in the state, according to the U.S Census.
In Chicago, the number of gay and lesbian households went up from 9,412 in 2000 to 11,715 in 2010, the Chicago Tribune reports.
While in Aurora, there were 463 same-sex households in 2010, which is an 80 percent increase from a decade ago.
The data also shows the number of female couples in the state went up 53 percent compared with 32 percent male couples.
Experts tell the Tribune that the data shows gay couples are now more willing to open up about being in a same-sex relationship.