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  • Illinois could be first state to ban microbeads

    Illinois could be first state to ban microbeads
    The tiny plastic particles found in many facial cleansers and soaps promise a gentle scrubbing and luxuriously smooth skin. But those little beads of grit are also piling up in waterways, where they can suck up toxins and harm wildlife,...
  • Illinois poised to be 15th state to allow same-sex marriage

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The General Assembly narrowly approved a gay marriage bill Tuesday, clearing the way for Illinois to become the 15th state to legalize same-sex unions. The bill got 61 votes in the House, one more than the minimum needed to send...
  • Illinois lawmakers approve gay marriage

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois General Assembly narrowly approved a gay marriage bill Tuesday, clearing the way for President Obama's home state to become the 15th to legalize same-sex unions. The bill got 61 votes in the House, one more than...
  • General Assembly overrides governor's veto of concealed carry bill

    General Assembly overrides governor's veto of concealed carry bill
    SPRINGFIELD -- Lawmakers made Illinois the last state to allow concealed carry of firearms in two quick votes Tuesday that formalized the deepening rift between Gov. Pat Quinn and the legislature. The House and Senate voted to override Quinn's...
  • Call to ban pols from Pride Parade wrong response

     
    By Jessica Reynolds Disgruntled over the House's failure to bring a gay marriage bill to a vote, some activists want to ban politicians from walking in this year's Chicago Pride Parade, according to today's Tribune story. The petition, which is......
  • Lt. Gov., TV star support 'real families' formed by gay marriage

    Lt. Gov., TV star support 'real families' formed by gay marriage
    Jesse Tyler Ferguson, a star of ABC’s “Modern Family,” joined Lt. Governor Sheila Simon this morning in Chicago to advocate for gay marriage in Illinois. Simon, Ferguson and other supporters are heading to Springfield Thursday for...
  • Illinois test vote on concealed carry fails

    Illinois test vote on concealed carry fails
    SPRINGFIELD—The Illinois House overwhelmingly rejected a concealed carry measure today in an emotional test vote on the controversial gun legislation. The legislation emerged in the form of an amendment that was modeled after a highly restrictive...
  • Illinois House defeats less restrictive concealed carry bill

    Illinois House defeats less restrictive concealed carry bill
    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House Thursday night defeated a concealed weapons proposal favored by gun rights advocates, a setback that could spur negotiations toward finding common ground with lawmakers who back gun control. The legislation...
  • On the 'Scholarship' list in Springfield

     
    Where do our lawmakers stand on the issue of legislative scholarships -- those tuition waivers that members of the state house and senate have traditionally been allowed to dispense to constituents? As part of the renewed effort to abolish that......
  • State lawmaker charged with bribery cruises to primary victory

    State lawmaker charged with bribery cruises to primary victory
    A Chicago Democratic lawmaker charged with bribery a week ago won decisively in Tuesday's primary, the first election under a newly drawn map that shook up House and Senate seats from the city to the suburbs. Even before unofficial results rolled in,...
  • Online Dish: Female Lawmakers Want to Make it "Harder" For Men to Get Their Wingman...Viagra

    Online Dish: Female Lawmakers Want to Make it "Harder" For Men to Get Their Wingman...Viagra
    It's on! A true battle of the sexes between lawmakers. Women across the country are uniting, standing up to their anti-choice colleagues by introducing new amendments that would subject men and their BFFs to go through the same scrutiny as our "Virginias"...