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Chicago is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and the third most populous city in the U.S., with approximately 2.7 million residents. Its metropolitan area (also called “Chicagoland”), which extends into Indiana and Wisconsin, is the third-largest in the United States, after those of New York City and Los Angeles, with an estimated 9.8 million people. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County. [ Wikipedia → ]

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Pope Francis chooses moderate bishop to lead Chicago archdiocese

| Saturday, September 20, 2014
Bishop Blase Cupich
As the leader of two American dioceses, Roman Catholic Bishop Blase Cupich has staked out a firm position in the middle of the road. He has spoken out against same-sex marriage and against conservative hostility toward gay rights advocates. He has opposed abortion, while urging parishioners and priests to have patience, not disdain, for those who disagree...

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Ill. couple sues cab company after driver tried to kick them out of taxi for kissing

| Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Matthew McCrea and Steven White
CHICAGO -- An Illinois couple is continuing their fight against a Chicago cab company after they claim a driver tried to kick them out of his taxi for kissing in the backseat. Matthew McCrea and Steven White have filed a lawsuit against Sun Taxi after their original complaint, filed with the Illinois Department of Human Rights last October, was dismissed because the department said...

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Season of Pride: More than one million pack Chicago streets for LGBT Pride

| Sunday, June 29, 2014
Charlie Gurion, left, kisses his husband David Wirk at the 45th Annual Chicago Pride Parade in Chicago, Sunday, June 29, 2014. Gurion and Wirk were the first same-sex  couple to marry in Cook County on Feb. 21, 2014.
CHICAGO -- More than one million people packed Chicago streets Sunday for the first Gay Pride Parade since Illinois legalized same-sex marriage statewide this month, making the annual event one of the largest in the U.S. Many who came early to grab a good spot along the route said the new law makes this year's parade more festive...

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Ill. marriage equality advocates criticize GOP candidate’s opposition

| Friday, June 27, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Gay rights supporters are using the upcoming Chicago Pride Parade to draw attention to Republican Bruce Rauner's statements that he would have vetoed Illinois' same-sex marriage bill. Equality Illinois on Thursday unveiled a two-story banner featuring a photo of the GOP gubernatorial candidate and comments he made about the law.

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Forty same-sex couples exchange vows in group wedding in Chicago park

| Monday, June 2, 2014
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Holding hands beneath thousands of soapy floating bubbles, 40 same-sex couples exchanged vows Sunday in a group wedding ceremony in Chicago's Rogers Park to celebrate the first day of marriage equality in Illinois.

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‘Truth Wins Out’ founder launches Chicago radio program

| Friday, April 18, 2014
Wayne Besen
CHICAGO -- Author and human rights advocate Wayne Besen will kick off a new radio show, “I’ve Got Issues,” on Saturday on Chicago's WCPT, an independent progressive talk radio station.

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Cook County, Ill., approaches 1,000 marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Thursday, April 17, 2014
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CHICAGO -- Cook County, Ill., has issued almost 1,000 marriage licenses since it was allowed to do so by a court ruling.

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Chicago man receives email from Sprint addressing him as ‘gay sissyboy’

| Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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CHICAGO -- A Chicago man says he received an email from mobile phone carrier Sprint addressing him as a "gay sissyboy" after calling the carrier's customer service line.

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U.S. Congress hopeful who said God punishes gay marriage with bad weather, wins primary

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Daily HeraldSusanne Atanus
CHICAGO -- U.S. Congress hopeful Susanne Atanus, who said in January that God has put tornadoes and diseases such as autism and dementia on earth as punishment for gay rights and legalized abortions, won a narrow victory in Tuesday's GOP primary.

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Cook County, Ill., issues 258 marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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CHICAGO — Cook County issued 258 marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the first week it was allowed to do so by a court ruling.

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