In Illinois, the 16th state to legalize and recognize gay marriages, a Chicago woman dying of cancer wed her female partner six months before the law actually takes effect. The cancer patient, Vernita Gray, 64, and Patricia Ewert, 65, married in a private ceremony in their Chicago home just two days after a federal court […]
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a gun-control measure into law on Sunday that expands background checks to cover all firearms purchases in the state, closing what he said was a loophole that exempted gun sales between private parties. The new law also requires all gun owners to report any lost or stolen firearms to local […]
When Illinois’ new General Assembly takes the oath of office Wednesday, the state that’s still struggling to rebuild its image after two consecutive governors went to prison will set yet another precedent of sorts: Three sitting lawmakers facing criminal charges. Illinois is no stranger to dramatic headlines about the nexus of politics and crime in […]
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Tuesday ventured into territory where most elected officials and politicians fear to tread: An outright ban on assault style weapons and high capacity magazines for all guns. “There is no place in the state of Illinois for weapons designed to rapidly fire at human targets at close range,” Quinn said, reflecting […]
I wake up some mornings hating me too.
– Rahm Emanuel
Another politician running for the Senate has lied for years about his military record. Republican Mark Kirk, running for President Barack Obama’s old Senate set in Illinois, claimed for years that he won the U.S. Navy’s intelligence officer of the year while serving in the reserves. But Kirk never won the award. His unit won […]