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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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama has released a statement, applauding the passage of marriage equality in Illinois.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago-area pastors who are opposed to same-sex marriage say they will stand behind Illinois lawmakers who voted against the measure.
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.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A historic vote Tuesday in the Illinois House positioned that state to become the largest in the heartland to legalize gay marriage, following months of arduous lobbying efforts by both sides in President Barack Obama's home state.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- The state's top elected officials are watching lawmakers debate a bill that would add Illinois to 14 other states allowing same-sex marriage.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Suspense is building for a possible vote on legislation that could make Illinois the next state to legalize same-sex marriage.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Illinois lawmakers are convening in Springfield for the final three days of their annual fall session.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A coalition of clergy members and faith leaders has sent a letter to Illinois House members encouraging them to support same-sex marriage.
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.
GENEVA, Ill. -- Seven mayors from the Chicago suburbs are signing on in support of same-sex marriage legislation.