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A same sex wedding cake at the Gay Wedding Show at the Queens Hotel on March 2, 2014 in Leeds, England. Legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed by Parliament in July 2013 and will come into force on March 23,2014, with the first same-sex marriages taking place on March 29, 2014. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Same-Sex Marriage Law Takes Effect In Illinois

Monday is the first day that county clerks throughout the entire state of Illinois must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

06/02/2014

A same sex wedding cake at the Gay Wedding Show at the Queens Hotel on March 2, 2014 in Leeds, England. Legislation to allow same-sex marriage in England and Wales was passed by Parliament in July 2013 and will come into force on March 23,2014, with the first same-sex marriages taking place on March 29, 2014. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Cook County Issues 1,000th Same-Sex Marriage License

Albany Park couple Tom Crisham, 36, and Andrew Rodbro, 38, received the 1000th license Friday afternoon, Clerk David Orr’s office said in a statement.

04/18/2014

Theresa Volpe and Mercedes Santos become the first same-sex couple to marry after a historic court decision in Illinois.(Credit: Suzanne LeMignot)

Dozens Of Same-Sex Couples Get Marriage Licenses

More than 80 same-sex couples from Illinois and have gotten marriage licenses in Cook County, including several from other counties who apparently didn’t want to wait until June 1, when gay marriage becomes legal throughout the state.

02/25/2014

Theresa Volpe and Mercedes Santos become the first same-sex couple to marry after a historic court decision in Illinois.(Credit: Suzanne LeMignot)

Cook County Issuing Same-Sex Marriage Licenses; First Couple Weds

Same-sex couples wasted no time getting marriage licenses on Friday, shortly after a federal judge ruled they don’t have to wait until June to tie the knot in Cook County.

02/21/2014

Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Orr: One Vote Really Does Matter In Many Local Elections

If you think your one vote doesn’t matter, just take a look at some of this week’s election results.

WBBM Newsradio–04/11/2013

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Pedway’s ‘Sweet Home Cook County’ Display Shows Off Local Celebrities

Cook County officials are paying homage to celebrities born in Cook, in a sometimes surprising exhibit beneath Daley Plaza.

CBS Chicago–03/28/2013

An Illinois Voter Casts Her Ballot. (Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images)

Lawmaker Wants To Stop Using Schools As Polling Places

A state lawmaker wants Illinois to stop using schools as polling places on Election Day, but the idea doesn’t sit well with local election authorities.

03/05/2013

An Illinois Voter Casts Her Ballot. (Michal Czerwonka/Getty Images)

Heavy Voter Turnout Expected In Chicago Area Tomorrow

Tomorrow’s voter turnout in and around Chicago might not be a record, but officials expect it will be substantial.

CBS Chicago–11/05/2012

Voters line up outside 69 W. Washington St. on Nov. 3, 2012, to take advantage of the last day of "grace period" voter registration and early voting. For part of the day, the line stretched for more than two blocks. (Credit: CBS)

Huge Crowd Of Voters Lines Up For Last Day Of Early Voting

As the last day of early voting winds down, a line to get into the main early voting center in downtown Chicago has been growing all day long, to the point it stretches for more than two blocks.

CBS Chicago–11/03/2012

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Chicago Area Voters Can Use Smartphones To Prepare For Election

Both the Cook County Clerk and the Chicago Board of Elections have redesigned their websites so voters can prepare for the election with their smartphones.

10/03/2012

David Orr

Clerk Orr Urges Cook County Residents To Register To Vote

Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, and officials in Cook County are joining the effort to get everyone onboard.

CBS Chicago–09/25/2012

Photo Of Cook County Clerk David Orr (County Clerk Photo)

Orr: Voter ID Laws Could Have Major Effect On Election Day

Cook County Clerk David Orr fears the push for voter ID laws across the country is going to have a pronounced effect on Election Day.

WBBM Newsradio–09/21/2012

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Chicago Gay And Lesbian Hall Of Fame Names 12 New Inductees

The Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame has announced 12 people and three organizations that will become the newest inductees this November.

CBS Chicago–09/15/2012

Property Taxes

Report: Falling Property Values Mean Falling Tax Revenues In Chicago

Falling property values mean falling tax revenues in Chicago.

CBS Chicago–07/19/2012

Same Sex Marriage

Downstate Clerks, Religious Law Firm To Defend Gay Marriage Ban

Two county clerks from downstate and a Chicago-based Catholic law firm are asking a judge for permission to defend Illinois’ gay marriage ban.

CBS Chicago–07/03/2012

Same Sex Marriage

Lawsuits Filed To Secure Gay Marriage Rights In Illinois

Two separate lawsuits were filed Wednesday, attempting to secure marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–05/30/2012

Voters cast their ballots in suburban Chicago. (credit: Frank Polich/Getty Images)

Early Voting Rising Among GOP Voters, But Low Turnout Still Likely

With Illinois a player in the Republican primary election for the first time in decades, the number of voters asking for a GOP ballot is up, but election officials still expect low turnout overall.

CBS Chicago–03/15/2012

Letters wrongly telling home owners their properties have been sold at auction were traced back to this Palos Park mailbox. (CBS)

2 Investigators: Letters Falsely Claim Homes Have Been Sold In Tax Auctions

Thousands of people are getting letters saying their home was sold for non-payment of property taxes — when it’s just not true. CBS 2’s Pam Zekman investigates.

11/18/2011

Civil Unions

831 Civil Union Licenses Issued In Cook County Last Month

Officials say 831 civil union licenses were awarded to Cook County couples in June, the first month they were legal in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–07/18/2011

Same Sex Marriage

Clerk Expects Big Crowds For Civil Unions On Wednesday

Civil union licenses will start being issued in Illinois starting on Wednesday and Cook County Clerk David Orr expects a big rush early in the morning.

WBBM Newsradio–05/30/2011

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