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Gay Marriage Bill Sponsors On Illinois Failure: We're Sorry

Posted 06.03.2013 | Chicago

Three days after the Illinois House of Representatives failed to take a vote on the state's gay marriage bill, a group of the legislation's leading sp...

Let's Talk About Prison Health Care

John Maki | Posted 06.01.2013 | Chicago
John Maki

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.

Illinois Gay Marriage Supporters Reintroducing Bill Wednesday

Posted 01.09.2013 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy Windy City Times: Wasting no time in the fight for equal marriage in Illinois, sponsoring lawmakers will re-introduce...

Bill Sponsors: Illinois 'Within Striking Distance' Of Gay Marriage

AP | JOHN O'CONNOR | Posted 02.12.2013 | Chicago

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Two Illinois lawmakers said Thursday that they will seek to legalize gay marriage when the General Assembly reconvenes early...

Gay Marriage Opponent: Same-Sex Unions Would 'Eradicate' Marriage

Posted 11.29.2012 | Chicago

Though supporters of same-sex marriage are cautiously optimistic that marriage equality could soon arrive in Illinois, opponents to such legislation a...

Joseph Erbentraut

Is Gay Marriage On A Fast Track To Passage In Illinois?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.19.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- Emboldened by Election Day votes to allow gay marriage in three states, advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Ill...

State Rep Eyes Lame Duck Session For Latest Gay Marriage Push

Posted 11.01.2012 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of Windy City Times: Gay state Rep. Greg Harris has a message for LGBTs and their allies: start calling your Illinois...

State Rep. Greg Harris Talks Illinois LGBT Politics With Gay Chicago TV

Waymon Hudson | Posted 08.29.2012 | Chicago
Waymon Hudson

One of the most important things when it comes to making progress for LGBT rights, and perhaps one of the things least talked about in the movement, is getting out the vote.

Will Illinois OK Gay Marriage? Bill Sponsor Says Votes 'Aren't There'

Posted 04.16.2012 | Chicago

The principal proponent of legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois recently admitted that such a bill is not likely to become a ...

Could Illinois Be The Next State To OK Gay Marriage?

Posted 02.08.2012 | Chicago

A group of pro-equality Illinois lawmakers on Wednesday filed a bill in the Illinois General Assembly that would legalize same-sex marriage in the Lan...

Gay Marriage In Illinois In The Works? Proponents Talk Strategy

Posted 01.10.2012 | Chicago

A group of Illinois lawmakers have begun laying the groundwork for their latest push to bring marriage equality to the Land of Lincoln. The Windy C...

Emanuel, Madigan Back State Rep. Kelly Cassidy In Primary Battle

David Ormsby | Posted 01.22.2012 | Chicago
David Ormsby

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.

WATCH: Gay Veteran Discharged Under DADT Re-enlists

Posted 12.25.2011 | Chicago

Story by Erica Demarest, courtesy of the Windy City Times: Discharged veteran Lee Reinhart made history Oct. 24 when he became the first known open...

Gay Legislators Having Impact In Marriage Debates

AP | DAVID CRARY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK — Of America's 7,382 state legislators, only 85 are openly gay or lesbian. They are, however, playing an outsized and often impassioned rol...

Quinn Cutting ALL Funding From Drug Treatment And Prevention

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The harsh reality of the budget cuts proposed by Illinois governor Pat Quinn will become very real for tens of thousands of residents, as the state pr...

Civil Unions in Illinois: A Step Forward

Waymon Hudson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Waymon Hudson

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.

A 'Historic Step Forward': Quinn Signs Civil Unions Law

AP | TAMMY WEBBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn, saying it was a "day of history," signed legislation Monday legalizing civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, makin...

Gov. Quinn To Sign Historic Civil Unions Law Today

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Bill-signing ceremonies don't generally attract large crowds, but Monday's historic signing of legislation that will allow same-sex couples to enter i...

Illinois Civil Unions Bill PASSES State Senate, Quinn Vows To Sign

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Less than 24 hours after it was passed by the Illinois House of Representatives, the state Senate voted to approve a measure that would allow gay coup...

Illinois Civil Unions Bill PASSES State House

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The Illinois House of Representatives passed a historic civil unions bill Tuesday evening after many moving speeches on the House floor. SB1716, the...

Illinois Lawmakers To Vote On Civil Unions TODAY

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

For weeks, supporters of Illinois' civil unions bill have been vocal and confident--and today the Illinois House of Representatives could finally vote...

Cardinal George, Catholic Church Fight Civil Unions

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In the few days of Springfield legislating between the November elections and the swearing-in of a new Assembly in January, myriad interest groups are...

With Quinn In, Could Illinois See Civil Unions Before Christmas?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

As the campaign season drew to a close for Governor Pat Quinn, he publicly vowed to fight for civil unions--whether he was elected or not. Now, Quin...

Advocates, Lawmakers Want Governor Pat Quinn to Reject Waiting List for People Needing HIV/AIDS Medication

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Let's hope Governor Quinn can scrape up the commitment and the $9.7 million out of a $25 billion budget to provide HIV/AID drugs to help keep people, your neighbors, alive.

Political Newcomer, Water District Candidate Todd Connor Is on a Roll

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

Connor is likely the hottest candidate who has stormed onto the 2010 Cook County political stage.