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Equal pay, marijuana bills test Gov. Rauner's social agenda

Throughout his campaign for governor, Bruce Rauner asserted he didn't have a social agenda and was focused solely on Illinois' deepening financial crisis. He'll now be forced to stake out positions on a range of social issues thanks to the majority-Democrat General Assembly passing proposals this spring that would, among other things, reduce penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana, ban therapists from trying to change a young person's sexuality and ensure employers pay women at rates equal to men. Any of the bills could spark the controversy the first-term Republican hoped to bypass. "The campaign was all about laying low on all the social issues...