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County clerks begin prepping for civil unions

County clerks throughout Illinois are preparing to issue civil union licenses later this year. DuPage County Clerk Gary King and Lake County Clerk Willard Helander both said they're still waiting to see the specifics of the civil unions bill signed Monday by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn.

But Helander said she's already been in discussions about creating a new electronic data file to produce civil union documents.

"And, as well as we do whenever we offer new or expanded services, we will revise our website, our printed brochures, our message on our telephone greeting," Helander said.

She said the cost of making these changes is nominal.

Helander said she suspects there is some "pent-up demand" for civil unions and expects strong activity during the first month the law is in effect. Gay or straight couples in Illinois can enter into civil unions beginning June 1.

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