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Ill. House Speaker: ‘Art of persuasion’ boosted gay marriage bill’s passage

| Tuesday, November 5, 2013
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says he used "the art of persuasion" with less than 10 lawmakers to help pass a bill allowing same-sex marriage.

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Momentum builds for gay marriage vote in Illinois next week

| Thursday, October 31, 2013
Illinois state capitol in Springfield.
CHICAGO -- After months of energetic lobbying, both sides in the Illinois same-sex marriage debate are ready for a vote next week that supporters say would fulfill a pledge by the sponsor to bring the issue back to Springfield.

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15 Ill. lawmakers who backed marriage bill apologize to gay marriage advocates

| Monday, June 3, 2013
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CHICAGO -- Backers of a measure that would've legalized same-sex marriage in Illinois have written a letter to advocates saying it's not the time for them "to splinter."

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Ill. House speaker extends marriage bill deadline for possible summer session

Illinois Observer | Saturday, June 1, 2013
APMichael Madigan
The Illinois same-sex marriage bill had its deadline date for approval extended into the summer. House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) acted quietly on Friday night before the House adjourned to extend the bill’s deadline for approval until August 31.

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BREAKING: Illinois House adjourns without voting on same-sex marriage bill

| Friday, May 31, 2013
Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago)
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Despite urging from President Barack Obama in his home state and fierce on-the-ground campaigning, a legislative measure that would have made Illinois the 13th state to allow same-sex couples to marry didn't rally enough support from lawmakers in the House.

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Ill. governor to House lawmakers: ‘It’s time to vote’ on marriage equality bill

| Friday, May 10, 2013
Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.)
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Thursday called on state lawmakers in the House to send him the bill that would legalize same-sex marriage, and said they have had enough time to consider the pending legislation.

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Illinois poll: 50 percent of Illinoisans support same-sex marriage bill

| Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Illinois lawmakers celebrate passage of the marriage equality bill in the state Senate on Feb. 14. Photo: Justin L. Fowler, The State Journal-Register/AP
CHICAGO — The results of a Crain’s/Ipsos Illinois Poll released this week found that 50 percent of the state’s adult residents support the same-sex marriage bill currently making its way through the Illinois state legislature.

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Illinois marriage vote uncertain due to absent senators

By Tony Merevick| Chicago Phoenix | Thursday, January 3, 2013
Rep. Greg Harris (center) and Sen. Heather Steans (right) at the state capital. Photo: Tony Merevick.Photo by Tony Merevick, Chicago Phoenix.
Activists and lawmakers backing legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois are regrouping and recounting potential “yes” votes in the Illinois Senate after key members of the chamber reportedly said they will be absent from Thursday’s proceedings in the General Assembly’s lame duck session.

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Illinois marriage equality bill to be considered in State Senate Wednesday

By Tony Merevick| Chicago Phoenix | Wednesday, January 2, 2013
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Illinois State Sen. Heather Steans (D) said Tuesday a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois will be heard by a Senate committee Wednesday night and a full Senate vote on a bill could come as early as Thursday.

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State lawmaker: Votes ‘aren’t there’ for marriage equality in Illinois

By Joseph Duggan Lyons
Chicago Phoenix
| Monday, April 16, 2012
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Illinois State Rep. Greg Harris (D–Chicago) said he would not call his same-sex marriage bill to a vote during the Spring legislative session in the General Assembly. He said the votes “aren’t there” and he doesn’t see an advantage of having legislators on the record as a “no” when they could later become a “yes” vote.

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