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Illinois is the 21st U.S. state, admitted to the Union on December 3, 1818. Its most populous city is Chicago, and the state capitol is located in Springfield.

LGBT Rights in Illinois: Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Illinois on June 1, 2014, under a bill passed in the state legislature and signed by Gov. Pat Quinn on Nov. 20, 2013. Illinois has protected LGBT persons from discrimination since 2006, based on legislation enacted in 2005. Illinois has recognized hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or heterosexual persons since 2001. The law does not protect attacks based on gender identity as such, but gender identity cases can be prosecuted as perceived sexual orientation cases since the state criminalizes attacks based on one's actual or perceived sexual orientation. The state permits adoption by gay individuals or partners, including second-parent adoptions.

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Ill. GOP replaces six party officials who wanted to oust pro-gay marriage leader

| Saturday, April 19, 2014
Pat Brady
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A crop of Republican officials who wanted to oust former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady for his statements supporting same-sex marriage have been replaced in their party positions.

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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
Illinois
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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Bill to ban conversion therapy on gay youth fails in Ill. state House

| Friday, April 11, 2014
Illinois state capitol in Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A bill that would prohibit conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay youth failed Thursday in the Illinois state House.

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Bill that would ban conversion therapy for gay youth advances in Illinois House

| Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Illinois state capitol building in Springfield.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A bill that would prohibit conversion therapy aimed at changing the sexual orientation of gay youth is advancing in the Illinois Legislature.

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GOP lawmakers who voted for Illinois gay marriage bill win primary races

| Thursday, March 20, 2014
Illinois state capitol building in Springfield.
Three Republican lawmakers who crossed the aisle last year to to vote in favor of Illinois' marriage equality law, were all victorious in their primary elections Tuesday.

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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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Ill. gay rights group donates to GOP lawmakers who supported gay marriage

| Thursday, March 13, 2014
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CHICAGO -- An LGBT rights advocacy group in Illinois is bolstering the campaign funds of two Republican lawmakers. Equality Illinois' political action committee says it plans to put $150,000 into the campaigns of candidates that support same-sex marriage before Tuesday's primary.

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Three more Illinois counties issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

| Thursday, March 6, 2014
Illinois
While many Illinois counties are waiting until the state's new same-sex marriage becomes law in June and others are waiting for legal advice, the list of counties that will start issuing the licenses immediately is growing.

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