Through decades of passing laws and supporting policies that have filled our prisons with an unprecedented number of inmates, we have built a prison health care system without asking difficult and yet fundamental questions about what we have created.
A political brawl is in brewing between two high-profile lesbian human rights activists for an Illinois state House seat, a clash which has drawn in Chicago's newly minted mayor and the state's powerful House Speaker.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed civil unions into law on Monday. But while there was an air of celebration in the room, there was also a definite feeling of healthy impatience for full equality too.
The endorsement is a huge plus for the freshman senator whose north lakefront district includes a heavy concentration of gay and lesbian voters. Madigan's climb to the state senate just got a little steeper.