Sam Yingling en Voices In The News 2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As we get ready to welcome 2014, we thought we’d take a few minutes to reflect on some of the voices in the news this past year in Illinois state politics and government. People in the Capitol were busy with same-sex marriage, medical marijuana, and dozens of other issues. What follows are a few of the more memorable moments.</span></p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 20:43:22 +0000 Brian Mackey 16041 at Voices In The News 2013 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 Governor: Will Sign Same-Sex Marriage "Pretty Soon" <p>The same-sex marriage legislation approved yesterday, Nov. 5, by the Illinois General Assembly will become law by the end of the month.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Pat Quinn hosted a party last night at the executive mansion in Springfield to celebrate. The festivities morphed into an engagement party when one of a handful of openly gay legislators, Rep. Sam </span>Yingling<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, D - </span>Grayslake<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, <a href="">proposed to his partner</a>.</span></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 18:06:18 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 12469 at