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Same-sex marriage comes to Illinois earlier than planned

Same-sex marriage comes to Illinois earlier than planned

SEATTLE, March 6 (UPI) -- Following a guidance from State Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn urges county clerks to issue same-sex marriage licenses immediately.
JC Sevcik

Supreme Court hears public union dues argument

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court appeared divided Tuesday as it heard a challenge to a rule that forces non-union state employees to pay partial union dues.
Polar vortex sucks Midwest, Northeast into its frigid center

Polar vortex sucks Midwest, Northeast into its frigid center

BUFFALO, N.Y., Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Thousands of people from the U.S. Midwest to the Northeast were without power Tuesday as biting winds sent wind chills well below zero in some places.
Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn declares 'Mike Ditka Day' on Monday

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn declares 'Mike Ditka Day' on Monday

Dec. 9 (UPI) --"Mike Ditka Day" taking place in Illinois on Monday in advance of his jersey being retired during MNF.
Evan Bleier

Illinois Legislature approves pension reform bill

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- The Illinois Legislature passed a comprehensive pension reform bill Tuesday and sent it to Gov. Pat Quinn.
Treacherous weather toll: Eight dead, path of damaged structures

Treacherous weather toll: Eight dead, path of damaged structures

WASHINGTON, Ill., Nov. 18 (UPI) -- At least eight people in two states were dead as residents in America's heartland began cleaning up Monday after a tornado-spawning storm system pushed through.

Illinois bishop plans same-sex marriage exorcism

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- The Catholic bishop of Springfield, Ill., claiming same-sex marriage is the work of the devil, says he will perform an exorcism ceremony next week.
Illinois bishop will offer 'exorcisms' when same-sex marriage becomes legal

Illinois bishop will offer 'exorcisms' when same-sex marriage becomes legal

Nov. 15 (UPI) --Illinois Bishop Thomas Paprocki will offer exorcisms on same day Gov. Pat Quinn signs same-sex marriage bill, saying the devil can appear in "various forms."
Evan Bleier
Hawaii lawmaker vows to stop same-sex marriage law

Hawaii lawmaker vows to stop same-sex marriage law

HONOLULU, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A Hawaiian lawmaker vowed to seek an injunction against a law Gov. Neil Abercrombie was to sign making Hawaii the 15th U.S. state to legalize same-sex marriage.

Ill. Gov. Quinn names schools chief Paul Vallas as 2014 running mate

CHICAGO, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said he has chosen former Chicago Public Schools chief Paul Vallas as his Democratic running mate in the 2014 gubernatorial election.
Illinois advances same-sex marriage

Illinois advances same-sex marriage

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- The Illinois House, following the state Senate's lead, passed a bill Tuesday allowing same-sex marriage in the state.
The Issue: Federal government shutdown cascades down to states

The Issue: Federal government shutdown cascades down to states

The partial shutdown of the U.S. government is trickling down to the states, forcing them to curtail some services and furlough employees.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
Judge to Illinois governor: Pay lawmakers

Judge to Illinois governor: Pay lawmakers

CHICAGO, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- A judge in Cook County, Ill., ruled Thursday state lawmakers should get their paychecks, despite problems with state worker pensions.

Bill Daley drops out of Illinois governor's race

CHICAGO, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- Bill Daley, a former White House chief of staff, dropped out of the race for Illinois governor Monday, saying electoral politics wasn't for him.

'List of shame' showing $3.7 million in unpaid tolls wrong, firms say

CHICAGO, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Trucking companies and other firms on a list of 157 companies who owe nearly $3.7 million in tolls and fines to the Illinois Tollway say the list is wrong.

Law lowers required school age in Illinois to 6

CHICAGO, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- An Illinois anti-truancy bill, lowering the state's compulsory school attendance age from 7 to 6, was signed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Ill. law requires reporting stolen guns, checking on prospective buyers

CHICAGO, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Illinois gun owners must report stolen firearms and verify with police that potential buyers of their guns are allowed to have one, a new law requires.

Illinois is 20th state to legalize medical marijuana

CHICAGO, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- Illinois Thursday became the 20th state to legalize medical marijuana when Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill supporters say is the strictest in the nation.
Illinois lawmakers sue for salaries

Illinois lawmakers sue for salaries

CHICAGO, July 30 (UPI) -- Illinois lawmakers Tuesday filed suit to overturn the governor's veto of their salaries for failing to enact pension reform.
Comptroller: No August paychecks for Illinois lawmakers

Comptroller: No August paychecks for Illinois lawmakers

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., July 25 (UPI) -- Gov. Pat Quinn's veto of money for Illinois lawmakers' salaries means no paychecks for the Legislature on Aug. 1, the state comptroller said Thursday.

Bloody Independence holiday spurs call for national summit on violence

WASHINGTON, July 12 (UPI) -- Three members of Congress from Illinois have called for a summit on urban violence after at least nine people in Chicago died in July Fourth weekend violence.
Ill. Gov. Quinn suspends legislative pay for inaction on pensions

Ill. Gov. Quinn suspends legislative pay for inaction on pensions

CHICAGO, July 10 (UPI) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, frustrated by legislative inaction on pension reform, Wednesday suspended lawmakers' pay until "they get the job done."
Ill. Legislature overrides amendatory veto of concealed carry bill

Ill. Legislature overrides amendatory veto of concealed carry bill

CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) -- The Illinois Legislature Tuesday rejected Gov. Pat Quinn's bid to rewrite concealed carry legislation, making the original bill law.

Chicago mayor calls special session on gun ordinances

CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he will call a special session on gun ordinances intended to safeguard school children and update an assault weapons ban.

Ill. governor signs law allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primaries

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., July 4 (UPI) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a bill allowing 17-year-olds to vote in primaries if they turn 18 on or before the general election.
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