same-sex marriage http://peoriapublicradio.org en Springfield Bishop to hold prayer service the day same-sex marriage to become law http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/springfield-bishop-hold-prayer-service-day-same-sex-marriage-become-law <div>The Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield plans a special prayer service the day same-sex marriage is to be signed into law. As IPR'S Brian Mackey reports, he says it's "scandalous" that so many Catholic politicians supported the legislation.</div><div><p>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Pat Quinn is planning a big public ceremony to sign the same-sex marriage bill next Wednesday in Chicago.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An hour or so later, Bishop Thomas John </span>Paprocki<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will hold a sort of counter service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.</span></p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:41:24 +0000 Brian Mackey 14916 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Springfield Bishop to hold prayer service the day same-sex marriage to become law Veto session continues this week http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/veto-session-continues-week <div>Illinois legislators are scheduled to finish out their veto session this week. As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, their back-loaded agenda ranges from dealing with budget matters to social issues.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The first week of the veto session - late last month - went by with little of substance accomplished.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But what the General Assembly didn't touch then is back now.</span></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:05:14 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 14386 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Veto session continues this week Push for same-sex marriage http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/push-same-sex-marriage <div>The Illinois Senate this year approved a bill to allow same-sex couples to marry. That vote came on Valentine’s Day. Now nine months later, gay and lesbian couples in Illinois are still waiting for the House to vote on the bill. Their final chance to win approval this year comes during this week’s veto session, and supporters are making sure lawmakers know how important this is to them.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Illinois Public Radio’s &nbsp;Rich Egger has the story.&nbsp;</span></div><div></div><p></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 12:58:16 +0000 Rich Egger 14385 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Push for same-sex marriage Little accomplished in first week of veto session http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/little-accomplished-first-week-veto-session <div>Illinois legislators were supposed to meet this week for three days as part of the fall veto session. Instead they left Springfield after only two.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Little was accomplished during that time.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 11:42:09 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 13878 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Little accomplished in first week of veto session Discussion with new Illinois Unites for Marriage campaign director http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/discussion-new-illinois-unites-marriage-campaign-director <p></p><p>Illinois Public Radio's Amanda Vinicky speaks with Illinois Unites for Marriage campaign director John Kohlhepp&nbsp;about group's renewed efforts to legalize same-sex marriage following its failure over the spring session.</p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 11:56:05 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 8995 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Discussion with new Illinois Unites for Marriage campaign director Gay marriage advocates hope Supreme Court ruling helps their cause http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/gay-marriage-advocates-hope-supreme-court-ruling-helps-their-cause <div>Illinois advocates say Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act adds urgency to their fight to legalize same-sex marriage in the state. IPR’S Amanda Vinicky reports.</div><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The high court's decision means that in the eyes of the law, same sex couples who are legally married cannot be denied their equal right to federal benefits. But in Illinois, gay couples cannot legally marry.</span></p></div><div> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:50:19 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 7950 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Gay marriage advocates hope Supreme Court ruling helps their cause Dan Rutherford running for governor http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/dan-rutherford-running-governor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today is day two of state Treasurer Dan Rutherford's&nbsp;three-day tour of Illinois. He's meeting with supporters to say he's OFFICIALLY running for governor. Rutherford has been laying the groundwork to run for years, making the formal announcement one of the least surprising events in Illinois politics. So we asked reporter </span>IPR'S<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Brian Mackey to find something about Rutherford's announcement that WAS surprising.</span></p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Like many Republican candidates, Rutherford likes to remind people he was a businessman. And although he was the only Republican senator to vote for civil unions in 2010, he's opposed to legalizing same-sex marriage.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nothing too surprising about any of that. But Rutherford is distinguishing himself on a matter of tax policy.</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 12:01:39 +0000 Denise Molina & Brian Mackey 6663 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Dan Rutherford running for governor Lawmakers have a lot of work to do before legislative session wraps up http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/lawmakers-have-lot-work-do-legislative-session-wraps <p></p><div><div>There are five days left in the Illinois General Assembly's spring session. &nbsp;And as IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports legislators have a lot of work ahead of them.</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Typically, fighting over the budget carries into the waning hours of a legislative session.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Democrats, who have enough seats to pass a spending plan without any Republican votes, say they've already reached a deal.</span></div><div> Mon, 27 May 2013 12:46:54 +0000 Denise Molina & Amanda Vinicky 6279 at http://peoriapublicradio.org Lawmakers have a lot of work to do before legislative session wraps up State Republican Party chair cancels major fundraiser http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/state-republican-party-chair-cancels-major-fundraiser <p></p><p style="margin-top: 0.4em; margin-bottom: 0.8em; color: rgb(62, 87, 112); font-family: 'Helvetica neue', Helvetica, Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; text-align: left; background-color: rgb(249, 249, 249); ">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 21:58:30 +0000 Alex Rusciano 1530 at http://peoriapublicradio.org State Republican Party chair cancels major fundraiser