Several dozen clergy members from around the Chicago area are denouncing a new law that grants civil unions to same-sex couples in Illinois.
The head of the Illinois American Civil Liberties Union says she expects few problems as Counties prepare to issue certificates for couples seeking civil unions.
Since state lawmakers have approved civil unions, county clerks in Illinois have some changes to make.
State Rep. Greg Harris (D-Ill.), the architect of the successful effort to legalize civil unions in Illinois, has been named Person of the Year by Gay Chicago Magazine.
Mayoral candidate James Meeks tried to reach out to gay and lesbian voters on Wednesday, exactly one week after voting against historic legislation to legalize civil unions for gay and lesbian couples.
State senator and Chicago mayoral candidate James Meeks is defending his vote against Illinois’ civil unions bill.
Gov. Pat Quinn said Friday that he will wait until the new year to sign legislation that legalizes civil unions for same-sex couples in Illinois.
Mayor Richard M. Daley says he hopes the state’s approval of civil unions for same-sex couples will eventually lead to full marriage rights.
The vote in favor of civil unions is one in a long string of achievements for the gay rights movement in Illinois, going back nearly 90 years.
A measure approving civil unions for same-sex couples is now on Gov. Pat Quinn’s desk, and he’s promising to sign it.
It’s almost a done deal: Illinois allowing same-sex unions. The state Senate passed the civil unions bill Wednesday. The governor gets it on Thursday. CBS 2’s Kristyn Hartman spoke with critics who say it cheapens traditional marriage, and backers who say it’s one step closer to gay marriage.
The Illinois Senate has approved legislation that would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples in Illinois, sending the proposal to Gov. Pat Quinn, who has lobbied in support of the measure.
The Illinois Senate has begun debating a proposal to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples in Illinois.
The Illinois House has approved a measure to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples.
The Illinois House has begun debating a proposal to legalize civil unions for same-sex couples.
Supporters of civil unions scrambled Monday to line up the final votes they need in the Illinois House, while opponents worked just as hard to block the measure in a lobbying duel that features competing religious leaders, constituent calls and e-mail blitzes.
Mayoral candidate Gery Chico is joining gay rights activists in contacting state lawmakers and urging them to pass a bill for civil unions.
A vote by state lawmakers on a bill that would legalize civil unions for same-sex couples could come as soon as Monday, reports say.
The top Illinois House Democrat laid favorable odds Tuesday that a push to give gay and lesbian couples the right to unite through civil unions would be approved by his legislative chamber.
As they begin their lame duck session Tuesday, Illinois state lawmakers are expected to tackle the issue of whether the state should recognize civil unions for same-sex couples.