Updated At: 2:05pm on 12/01/2010 by City Room and Associated PressThe Illinois Senate has approved civil unions, putting Illinois on the verge of granting official recognition to gay and lesbian couples.The measure passed 32-24 Wednesday. It now goes to Gov. Pat Quinn, a strong supporter.
Sometime this week – possibly even today -- Illinois may make history by passing a civil unions law that will grant same sex couples all the rights of marriage except one: the ability to call their union what it really is.Governor Pat Quinn favors same sex marriage but backs civil unions as wh
As the Illinois General Assembly prepares to resume its fall veto session, a number of issues remain outstanding including public employee pensions for police and firefighters.But that’s not the only controversial topic legislators will deal with when they return next week.They also face bills
The chief sponsor of a measure to allow same-sex civil unions in Illinois says he still thinks his bill will pass. That's even though lawmakers didn't vote on it during their veto session this week.Civil unions are not the same as full marriage.
The Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives thinks the General Assembly could allow civil unions for gay couples.Democrat Michael Madigan gave his predictions about what might happen during the remainder of the fall veto session. "I just say that based on my conversations with man