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By Donald Lambro
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Topic - Pat Quinn
It was Mike Ditka's day in Illinois _ and his night at Soldier Field.
It's Ditka Day in Illinois.
As Illinois becomes the 16th state to approve gay marriage at a public signing ceremony set for Wednesday, the political trench warfare over same-sex unions may be facing a watershed moment: Illinois is the last state where gay-marriage advocates have an advantage in both the governor's office and statehouse, and defenders of traditional marriage say the political playing field will be far more level in the remaining 34 states in the years ahead.
Illinois all but became the 15th state to enact gay marriage Tuesday as lawmakers passed the bill with only one vote to spare in the lower chamber, sending the bill to a governor eager to sign it.
An estimated half million illegal immigrants will be able to apply for driver's licenses in Illinois in the coming weeks, as the governor's new law that allows for "temporary visitor" licenses takes effect Dec. 3.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new gun control measure into law on Sunday that mandates all owners — even private citizens — perform background checks on potential buyers before finalizing weapons sales.
Former U.S. Commerce Secretary and President Obama's former White House chief of staff Bill Daley confirmed Monday that he's definitely running for governor of Illinois next year.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is trying to exert his veto power and put a halt to lawmakers' paychecks, in retribution to their stalled action on the state's pension crisis.
Illinois became the last state in the nation to allow public possession of concealed guns as lawmakers rushed Tuesday to finalize a proposal ahead of a federal court's deadline.
Come Jan. 1, 2014, 17-year-olds in Illinois will be allowed to vote in primary elections.
The governors of Illinois and Massachusetts have made a wager on the National Hockey League finals featuring the Chicago Blackhawks and the Boston Bruins.
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.
Lawmakers in Illinois could sign off on legalizing fracking as early as this week, but approval of the highly controversial drilling method won't come without a fight.
Acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert was praised on Monday as a consummate Chicago newsman, a champion of storytellers and a visionary who understood the power of social media to spread the word about everything from good movies to his battle with the cancer that ended his life.
In a story March 4 about the challenges of explaining health care reform to non-English speakers, The Associated Press relied on incorrect information from the California Primary Care Association in reporting that organizations have to provide written notices in languages spoken by 10 percent or more of their service population.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn hands a pen to state Sen. Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, left, during the signing of the pension overhaul legislation bill Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Chicago.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn acknowledges the applause after signing the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act into law, making Illinois the 16th state in the nation to embrace full marriage equality for same sex couples, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Chicago.