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 A federal court has denied a request by imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich to delay his resentencing while he asks the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his case.      

A northern Illinois Congressman is co-sponsoring a bill to prevent the federal government from discriminating against individuals and groups with religious objections to same-sex marriage. 14th District Congressman Randy Hultgren says the First Amendment Defense Act is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.  He’s concerned that those who believe marriage should only be between a man and a woman might themselves become victims of discrimination. 

Same-sex marriage has been legal in Illinois for a year.

L-B-G-T advocates are celebrating today's Supreme Court ruling that says those unions must be recognized nationwide.

Bernard Cherkasov heads the advocacy group Equality Illinois. He says he remembers crying when other states passed laws banning the recognition of same-sex marriage.

"And so now to see this come full circle, and the Supreme Court recognize the constitutional right of gay and lesbian couples to marriage, it feels so great. I can't tell you just how happy I feel."

More than two thirds of Illinois residents who bought health insurance under the affordable care act will get to keep tax credits that cut the cost of their plans. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that these subsidies could be given out in states that did not build their own online marketplaces, known as exchanges. Illinois is among those states.  

An Illinois prison inmate has been ordered to remain locked up the rest of his life. He asked to be re-sentenced when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled mandatory life sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. 

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U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is calling for renewed efforts to end delays on Amtrak routes in Illinois.

A question on the November ballot will ask Illinois voters if insurers should be required to cover birth control as part of their prescription coverage. As IPR's Amanda Vinicky reports, that's something Illinois already does. 

Voters will get to weigh in, but Illinois law won't change whatever the result of the referendum; it's non-binding. 

Thurgood Marshall discusses school integration

May 20, 2014

This month marks the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education. The landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision outlawed “separate but equal” in public schools. Thurgood Marshall, who would later be appointed to the high court, argued the case. Two years after the ruling, in 1956, Marshall visited the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to talk about his work to end segregation and the challenges ahead. Marshall said despite efforts by detractors of integration, black and white students were meant to go to school under one roof. 

The last U.S. Supreme Court decision to have a major impact on campaign finance was "Citizens United", a decision that led to the rise of so-called "Super PACs" across the nation, including in Illinois. As IPR'S Amanda Vinicky reports, another high-profile case before the court Tuesday has activists on alert.

The Illinois Campaign for Political Reform's David Morrison says he did not pay all that much attention back in 2010 when the Citizens United case was argued in Washington.  The case asked if corporations could give cash to federal candidates. Illinois already allowed that, so it was presumed the case wouldn't have an impact.

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.

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.