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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...

Illinois Flirts With Its Own Sandy Hook

David Ormsby | Posted 02.27.2013 | Chicago
David Ormsby

When the governor proposes his FY 2014 budget in March, rather pushing another round of mental health funding cuts, Quinn needs to recommend more money for mental health care.

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...

State Anti-Bullying Bill Postponed Amid Conservative Opposition

Posted 05.23.2012 | Chicago

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of Windy City Times: A bill aimed at strengthening anti-bullying protections in Illinois has been postponed after Sen...

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...

Law Requiring Sex-Ed Teachers To Talk Condoms Narrowly Passes Senate

Posted 07.26.2011 | Chicago

A bill eked its way to a victory by the narrowest possible margin in the Illinois Senate Wednesday, mandating that sex-ed teachers educate students on...

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.

Celebrating Dr. King’s Legacy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., whose contributions to civil rights in Chicago and beyond are unparalleled, many people are taking their ...

Candidate, Former SEC Chairman Bash Water Deal that Flushed $68 Million Down the Sewer

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District got a pasting last Thursday over a botched bond deal that cost Cook County area taxpayers $68 million.

Gay Marriage Bill Introduced In Illinois

Progress Illinois | Angela Caputo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) announced today that she's hoping to build on that momentum by introducing the Equal Marriage Act (SB 2468), the...

Illinois Video Gambling Legalization Stirs Controversy in Campaigns, Counties

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

In his quest for a state Senate seat, gay rights activist Jim Madigan focuses his campaign fire against incumbent Sen. Heather Steans' vote to legalize video gaming.

Greg Harris Endorses Heather Steans Over Gay Rights Activist Jim Madigan in State Senate Race

David Ormsby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Ormsby

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.

Newsrooms Must Die, Long Live Newsrooms!

Sally Duros | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Sally Duros

Information has risen to the level of being a most pressing community need in our current democracy. More than ever, a newsroom must be a mission-based place.

How To Save Newspapers

Sally Duros | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Sally Duros

Newspapers could find a lifeline to solvency and a return to social purpose in a new kind of corporate structure.

Rogers Park Residents Mobilize To Fight Crime

Chi-Town Daily News | Tasneem Nomanbhai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Curbing drug and gang activity, youth-related crime and public drunkenness topped the agenda of a Town Hall meeting on public safety held earlier this...