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Topic - Greg Harris
Two Democratic lawmakers involved in overseeing the troubled Illinois Department of Children and Family Services say the agency faces "horrendous" challenges in the year ahead as officials deal with yet another search for a new child-welfare chief, anticipated budget cuts and election year politics.
Although Illinois lawmakers failed Friday night to approve a bill to make it the 13th state to perform gay marriages, legislative leaders pledged to bring it back for passage with some holding out hope that it could before the end of the summer.
Illinois lawmakers failed Friday night to approve a bill to legalize gay marriage, but the bill's sponsor pledged to bring it back for passage at the end of the year.
The fight to legalize gay marriage in Illinois received another boost Sunday with an open letter from more than 200 pastors and rabbis in the state saying marriage rights for all people is a matter of justice and equality.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland has hired its new president and CEO from within its leadership ranks.
For many HIV-positive Americans, and those who advocate on their behalf, these are days of anxious waiting as the Supreme Court ponders President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.
Of America's 7,382 state legislators, only 85 are openly gay or lesbian. They are, however, playing an outsized and often impassioned role when the agenda turns to recognizing same-sex couples with civil unions or full marriage rights.
The Illinois Senate on Wednesday approved civil unions, putting Illinois on the verge of granting official recognition to gay and lesbian couples.
Greg Harris, chairman of the House appropriations committee for human resources, told The Associated Press that he expects DCFS to see a roughly 15 percent dip in funding if the state's temporary income tax increase expires as planned, beginning next January.
"There's a horrendous challenge that looms over the agency, that the new director is going to be faced with," said Harris, a Chicago Democrat. "Regardless of what reforms we want to have, they're going to be nearly impossible."