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by Ellyn Fortino
Wed Mar 5

Illinois GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Debate Social Issues

The four Illinois GOP gubernatorial hopefuls faced questions about a number of social issues at a Tuesday night debate, ranging from the death penalty and women’s reproductive rights to helping ex-offenders reintegrate into society. Progress Illinois provides some highlights from the forum.

Quick Hit
by Ashlee Rezin
Thu Jan 16

Same-Sex Couples Get Some Clarity On Illinois Marriage Equality Bill (VIDEO)

    Same sex couples can legally marry in Illinois starting June 1, but many members of the LGBTQ community have questions about how the new marriage equality law will be implemented, prompting a handful of elected officials to host an informational forum Wednesday night on the North Side of Chicago.

“The Cook county clerk is the only clerk in Illinois that can legally marry people – I don’t know why the law is in there but that’s what it is, maybe the other clerks didn’t want it,” said Cook County Clerk David Orr. “So the nice thing for me, as soon as that comes, I will be able to also conduct ceremonies.”

Hosted at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse, at 1230 W. Greanleaf Ave., the informational forum covered topics ranging from converting civil unions into marriages to changing names and filing state and federal tax returns as married couples.

“We won,” said Ed Yohnka, director of communications and public policy for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois, who joined Orr and other elected officials, including Ald. Joe Moore (49th), State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) and State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago), for the forum. Read more »