Kelly Cassidy en Illinois Considering Independent Monitor For Youth Prisons <p>The Illinois General Assembly is weighing the creation of a "juvenile ombudsman," an independent official who can keep an eye on the state's juvenile prisons.</p><p>The push for an ombudsman comes in the wake of a <a href="">report</a> that ranks Illinois' juvenile prisons among the worst in the country for sexual abuse.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:18:25 +0000 Brian Mackey 13006 at Plan To Hasten Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Gay and lesbian couples may not have to wait until June to marry in Illinois. A lawmaker is moving to accelerate when same-sex marriage becomes legal.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Already, same-sex couples are hurrying to take advantage of the marriage legislation approved on Tuesday. That very night, Rep. Sam </span>Yingling<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a Lake County Democrat who's openly gay, got engaged. "Well, we don't have a date yet, but I will certainly let you know when we do," he said.</span></p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 10:52:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12500 at Plan To Hasten Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Marriage Debate Hinges On 'Freedom' <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Same-sex marriage will soon be legal in Illinois. The House narrowly approved legislation Tuesday, and Governor Pat Quinn says he'll sign it into law.</span></p><p>The vote came after months of intense lobbying, in which both sides claimed they were fighting for individual freedom.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's been a busy year for people who care about same-sex marriage in Illinois. Supporters had an early victory on Valentine's Day, when the state Senate approved what backers call "marriage equality" legislation.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 07:38:18 +0000 Brian Mackey 12433 at Marriage Debate Hinges On 'Freedom'