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FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2013 file photo, Cleopatra Pendleton, the mother of slain teen Hayida Pendelton, speaks at a news conference about gun violence in Chicago. Looking on from left are Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez. Fifteen-year-old Hadiya Pendleton was shot and killed Jan. 29, 2013 in a park during a gang dispute she had nothing to do with about a mile from President Barack Obama's Chicago home. Since her death, the number of homicides and other violent crimes that turned Chicago into a national symbol of gun violence have fallen sharply. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

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Illinois state Attorney General Lisa Madigan (left)and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, both Democrats, agree with gay plaintiffs that the state's marriage law violates their right to equal protection and won't defend it in court. But private legal groups have stepped in to fill that breach. (Associated Press)