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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner agrees that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens should resign.

It’s been more than a month since Peoria County began issuing same-sex marriage licenses. Same-sex couples with civil unions can get them converted for free into a marriage license.  Some counties will convert the civil union even if it’s from a different county. But Peoria County Clerk Steve Sonnemaker says his office is avoiding that:

Same-sex couples in Peoria County can start applying for marriage licenses Monday. Several counties in Illinois already started issuing marriage licenses before the new state law took effect Sunday. Peoria County Clerk Steve Sonnemaker says his office has received a few people expressing interest in applying for the marriage license:

Another downstate Illinois county says it hopes to issue marriage licenses to gay couples earlier than expected.

Quinn signs IL same-sex marriage bill into law

Nov 20, 2013

Illinois is now the sixteenth state to legalize same-sex marriage.  Governor Pat Quinn signed that bill into law at a festive ceremony yesterday Wednesday.  

Same-sex marriage and the governor’s race

Nov 13, 2013

Although same-sex marriage will soon be law in Illinois, the issue could remain a factor in the 2014 elections.

IL lawmaker pushing earlier same-sex marriage date

Nov 6, 2013

Illinois' same-sex marriage legislation makes gay and lesbian couples wait until June to get married.  But Senator Don Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat, says he wants to shorten those engagements.  He's behind a proposal that could allow same-sex marriages in early 2014:

Same-sex marriage will soon be legal in Illinois. The House narrowly approved legislation Tuesday, and Governor Pat Quinn says he'll sign it into law. The vote came after months of intense lobbying. As Illinois Public Radio’s Brian Mackey reports, both sides claimed they were fighting for individual freedom.

         

Opponents of same-sex marriage rally in Springfield

Oct 23, 2013

A day after supporters of same-sex marriage rallied at the Illinois Capitol, opponents had their turn.  Thousands gathered at the statehouse Wednesday, urging the Illinois House to uphold traditional marriage.  IPR’s Amanda Vinicky reports:

Back on Valentine's Day, the state Senate approved legislation that would allow gays and lesbians to get married in Illinois. The hope then was that Illinois would become the tenth state to legalize same-sex marriage. Eight months later, it still hasn't happened.

IL Same-sex marriage lawsuit moves forward

Sep 27, 2013

A lawsuit aiming to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois is moving forward.  IPR’s Tony Arnold reports.

A Cook County judge is expected to give a ruling Friday that could affect the fate of a lawsuit attempting to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois.  IPR’s Tony Arnold reports.

Congressman says Pat Brady should serve out term

Mar 26, 2013

  A Republican Congressman says he believes his party's chairman should be allowed to complete his term, after taking a controversial stance earlier this year.  High-level Republicans unsuccessfully tried to overthrow State Party Chairman Pat Brady after he announced his support for same-sex marriage. Congresssman Rodney Davis of Taylorville stands by Brady, saying he did a “good job” bringing the GOP together during the 2012 election season.  Instead of focusing on inner-party politics, Davis says Republicans should focus on solving the problems that plague Illinois.

Congressman says Pat Brady should serve out term

Mar 26, 2013

  A Republican Congressman says he believes his party's chairman should be allowed to complete his term, after taking a controversial stance earlier this year.  High-level Republicans unsuccessfully tried to overthrow State Party Chairman Pat Brady after he announced his support for same-sex marriage. Congresssman Rodney Davis of Taylorville stands by Brady, saying he did a “good job” bringing the GOP together during the 2012 election season.  Instead of focusing on inner-party politics, Davis says Republicans should focus on solving the problems that plague Illinois.

  The Obama administration is urging the U.S. Supreme court to take a legal stance that could affect Illinois’ same-sex marriage fight.

House panel approves same-sex marriage measure

Feb 26, 2013

Same-sex marriage moved one step closer to becoming the law of Illinois Tuesday.  A House panel voted to advance the measure. Now it has to get through the full House, where backers acknowledge they're still trying to round up votes.Although Democrats have a large majority, not all of them are expected to support it.  Representative Luis Arroyo of Chicago voted "yes" in committee.