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APMichael Madigan

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

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Illinois state capitol in Springfield.

Momentum builds for gay marriage vote in Illinois next week

Thursday, October 31, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Monday, June 3, 2013
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." [ Read more → ]
APMichael Madigan

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

Saturday, June 1, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Greg Harris (D-Chicago)

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

Friday, May 31, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Pat Quinn (D-Ill.)

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

Friday, May 10, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
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

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

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]
Rep. Greg Harris (center) and Sen. Heather Steans (right) at the state capital. Photo: Tony Merevick.Photo by Tony Merevick, Chicago Phoenix.

Illinois marriage vote uncertain due to absent senators

Thursday, January 3, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

Illinois marriage equality bill to be considered in State Senate Wednesday

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
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. [ Read more → ]

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

Monday, April 16, 2012
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. [ Read more → ]

Illinois governor signs bill legalizing civil unions for same-sex couples

Monday, January 31, 2011
CHICAGO — Illinois became the 12th U.S. state on Monday to grant legal recognition to same-sex couples. Gov. Pat Quinn drew cheers from a crowd of more than 1,000 people who turned out to witness him sign bill legalizing civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. [ Read more → ]
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