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As Republican governors across the nation gain momentum with conservative agendas, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has stood out for signing a string of laws over the past three months achieving longstanding liberal goals: abolishing the death penalty, legalizing civil unions and raising income taxes.
Illinois abolished the death penalty Wednesday, more than a decade after the state imposed a moratorium on executions out of concern that innocent people could be put to death by a justice system that had wrongly condemned 13 men.
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.
Concluding a momentous Washington visit, Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday denied his country is a military threat despite its arms buildup and pressed his U.S. hosts to seek closer cooperation between the global powers.
Democratic Illinois lawmakers beat a looming deadline and approved a 66 percent income-tax increase in a desperate bid to end the state's crippling budget crisis.
Federal regulators have charged the co-founder of a New York hedge fund and three other individuals with insider trading, the latest action in what the government has called the biggest insider-trading case in U.S. history.
The Illinois Senate on Wednesday approved civil unions, putting Illinois on the verge of granting official recognition to gay and lesbian couples.
Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts on Tuesday trotted out everyone from iron workers to restaurant owners, saying they will benefit from his proposal to use $200 million in state bonds to help renovate Wrigley Field.
Battered Democrats claimed a couple of consolation prizes Thursday from the midterm elections, as their candidates hung on for cliffhanger wins in Illinois and Washington state while nearly a dozen other races were still to be decided.