| Mar 4, 2014
| 10:28 AM
Following a federal court ruling, the Cook County clerk's office has issued more than 250 marriage licenses to same-sex couples wishing to wed under the Illinois' Marriage Equality law, officials said this morning.
According to a news release from...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 8:42 AM
Despite a green light from the Illinois Attorney General, DuPage County officials said they will not issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples before June.
Officials with the DuPage County Clerk's Office and the DuPage State's Attorney's Office said...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 6:15 AM
Illinois primary election day dawned Tuesday with voters getting to shape the Republican and Democratic fall tickets for contests ranging from governor and U.S. Senate down to the state legislature and county board.
Polls opened across the state at 6 a....
| Nov 21, 2013
| 5:01 AM
Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday put his signature on a historic measure making Illinois the 16th state to allow same-sex marriage, capping a 40-year push for gay rights that picked up major momentum during the past decade.
Playing master of ceremonies...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 8:44 AM
SPRINGFIELD -- Hundreds of candidates from would-be governors down to state lawmakers and judges lined up in the cold today outside the Illinois State Board of Elections offices to submit paperwork to get on the March 2014 primary ballot.
| Nov 26, 2013
| 8:46 PM
When a federal judge ordered this week that a marriage license be issued to a same-sex Chicago couple, he granted the longtime wish of a terminally ill woman and her partner.
But the court action giving a marriage license to Vernita Gray and Patricia...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 5:17 AM
A same-sex Chicago couple will be allowed to marry this week, seven months before the state's new law goes into effect, after a federal court ordered that the Cook County clerk immediately issue them a license, officials said.
Vernita Gray and...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 9:41 AM
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed a measure into law Saturday that will make Illinois the 18th state to allow voters to register online.
Supporters say the move could increase turnout at the polls and cut down on paperwork costs, while critics question...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 4:00 PM
A federal judge on Monday ordered the Cook County Clerk's office to start issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples who can establish that a life-threatening illness prevents them from waiting until the new marriage law takes effect in June.
| Oct 1, 2013
| 9:32 PM
Wednesday's print column Don't get me wrong. I'll be happy if the General Assembly passes the pending bill legalizing gay marriage in Illinois that Gov. Pat Quinn has said he'll sign. Marriage equality is fair. It's just. It's overdue. But......
| Nov 22, 2012
| 5:53 AM
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., the ambitious political heir to a powerful Chicago family whose once promising future collapsed amid federal ethics investigations and a diagnosis of mental illness, resigned Wednesday from the South Side congressional seat he held...
| Jul 4, 2013
Chicago political legends have always been part chess master, part dynasty builder, part street muscle and part colorful scamp, qualities that perfectly define the storied career of Dick Mell, who on Wednesday announced his retirement after nearly four...