The first lawsuits filed over the Indiana State Fair stage collapse could challenge the state's rules on same sex marriage.Attorney Kenneth Allen said his clients were recently married in Hawaii, a state that allows same sex civil unions. Beth Urschel was injured in the stage collapse.
New U.S. Census Bureau figures show the number of Illinois households run by same-sex couples has jumped nearly 42 percent in the last decade.That's from 22,887 in 2000 to 32,469 last year. The trend in Illinois mirrors those nationwide.
Cook County will soon be one of the most expensive places in Illinois to get a marriage or civil union license. The Cook County Board voted Tuesday to raise the fee from $40 to $60.Commissioner Joan Murphy sponsored the ordinance.
Getting a civil union or marriage license in Cook County could get a little more expensive. Cook County Board Commissioner Joan Patricia Murphy has proposed raising the current fee from $40 to $60."Any increase of any fees or taxes by the county is not welcomed by anyone," Murphy said.