Report: Many Difficulties For Couples In Civil Unions One Year LaterIt has been a year now since same-sex civil unions became legal in Illinois, but the advocacy group Equality Illinois says many couples are not finding that their unions are being treated as equal to marriages.
Advocates Hope For Approval Of Medical Leave For Partners In Civil UnionsGay rights activists are hoping for final approval of a state bill that would guarantee a benefit currently offered only to those in marriages recognized by the federal government.
Bills On Gender Identity, Guaranteed Medical Leave Advance In State HouseState legislation is moving ahead to add gender identity to the Illinois hate crimes law, and to require employers to allow medical leave for those joined in civil unions.
Cuts To Suburban Courthouse Hours Mean No More Weekend WeddingsBecause the suburban Cook County courthouses will be closed on weekends starting next year, there will soon be five fewer options for wedding or civil union ceremonies.
More Than 3,700 Civil Unions Issued In Illinois Since JuneMore than 3,700 couples committed to one another through civil unions in the first six months since Illinois legalized them.
State Gets Green Light To Cancel Adoption Contracts With Catholic CharitiesA downstate judge says the Illinois Department of Children and Family Service may now begin canceling its adoption and foster care contracts with Catholic Charities.
Catholic Charities To Fight Ruling That Ended State Adoption ContractThe State of Illinois is moving to steer foster families to new agencies, even as Catholic Charities prepares to fight a court ruling allowing the state to end its relationship with the agency.
ACLU Intervenes In Catholic Charities Adoption Rights CaseA judge is allowing the American Civil Liberties Union to intervene in the battle over adoption rights for same-sex couples.
State Resumes Referring Adoption Cases To Catholic CharitiesThe state has resumed referring foster care cases to Catholic Charities, as a court battle continues over the right to turn away same-sex couples in civil unions.
831 Civil Union Licenses Issued In Cook County Last MonthOfficials say 831 civil union licenses were awarded to Cook County couples in June, the first month they were legal in Illinois.
Group: Civil Union Licenses Have Been Issued In 83 Illinois CountiesChicago-based Equality Illinois has said 1,618 civil union licenses were issued throughout the state in the month since the law went into effect on June 1.
Group: More Than 1,600 Couples Have Applied For Civil UnionsOnly a month has passed since Illinois legalized civil unions, but more than 1,600 same-sex couples have already applied for licenses.