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Microbeads are used in many exfoliating body and facial cleansers, and in some whitening toothpaste brands, because of the tiny materials' abrasive qualities. (Photo supplied to CBS)

Move To Ban Microbeads Moves Forward Amid Phase-Out Agreements

Environmentalists, lawmakers and representatives of the cosmetics industry met at the Shedd Aquarium on Wednesday day to talk about an agreement to stop the use of “microbeads” in personal care products in Illinois.

04/16/2014

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Sex Ed Law May Mean Little Change For Most Schools

Illinois schools that teach sex education will be required to provide information about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases — not just abstinence.

08/11/2013

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Lawmakers Approve Required Birth Control Lessons In Sex Ed Classes

State lawmakers have passed legislation that would mandate schools that teach sex education in Illinois also would have to give students information about birth control.

WBBM Newsradio–05/23/2013

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Illinois Senate OKs Same-Sex Marriage Proposal

The Illinois Senate has voted to approve legislation legalizing same-sex marriages in Illinois.

CBS Chicago–02/14/2013

Supporters of same-sex marriage rally outside the Thompson Center in downtown Chicago on Jan. 5, 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Gay Marriage Legislation Advances In State Senate

An Illinois Senate committee has approved legalizing gay marriage for the second time in a month.

02/05/2013

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Illinois Senate Panel OKs Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

After two days of snags in moving the issue, Sen. Heather Steans finally won committee approval by an 8-5 vote Thursday evening, sending the measure next to the floor.

01/03/2013

Same Sex Marriage

Illinois Lawmakers Hope To OK Gay Marriage Next Month

Two Illinois lawmakers said Thursday they will seek legislative approval of gay marriage when the General Assembly reconvenes in three weeks, answering Gov. Pat Quinn’s hope that he could sign same-sex marital rights into law as early as January.

12/13/2012

Two students fight when one is accused of bullying the other. (Credit: CBS)

Illinois Senate Rejects Anti-Bullying Measure Amid Religious Objections

Lawmakers failed to pass an enhanced anti-bullying law due to some members’ religious concerns.

CBS Chicago–05/22/2012

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Senate Dems’ Budget Plan Advances In Springfield

It’s unlikely to be the final budget, but the Senate Democratic budget proposal is moving through the legislature.

CBS Chicago–05/22/2012

Illinois State Capitol

Illinois Medicaid Reform On Fast Track

Medicaid reform is on a fast track at the state Capitol, where it won a unanimous vote in the Senate today.

WBBM Newsradio–01/06/2011