Greg Harris http://wuis.org en Voices In The News 2013 http://wuis.org/post/voices-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 http://wuis.org Voices In The News 2013 Reaction To Same Sex Marriage Bill Signing http://wuis.org/post/reaction-same-sex-marriage-bill-signing <p>Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday signed same sex marriage into law in Illinois. Here are quotes and reaction to the bill signing. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ___ &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;``It means we are able to say that we're a family and be recognized because we are like everyone else.'' _ Jen Dickie Rothke of Chicago, who has been with her partner for 13 years. They have a son together. &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; ___ &nbsp; Wed, 20 Nov 2013 23:15:36 +0000 Associated Press 13450 at http://wuis.org Reaction To Same Sex Marriage Bill Signing Plan To Hasten Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage http://wuis.org/post/plan-hasten-legalization-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 http://wuis.org Plan To Hasten Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage Marriage Debate Hinges On 'Freedom' http://wuis.org/post/marriage-debate-hinges-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 http://wuis.org Marriage Debate Hinges On 'Freedom' Opposing Views Of Same Sex Marriage http://wuis.org/post/opposing-views-same-sex-marriage <p>Whether or not House lawmakers in Illinois vote on same sex marriage this week, those on differing sides of the issue have been working to make their case.</p><p><strong>Supporters</strong></p><p>The group<a href="http://www.illinoisunites.org/" target="_blank"> Illinois Unites for Marriage</a> has organized phone banks to target state representatives who’ve not made up their mind or who have not announced how they will vote.</p><p></p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 10:56:00 +0000 Sean Crawford 12359 at http://wuis.org Opposing Views Of Same Sex Marriage Politics, Romance, Practicality and Religion Mix in Marriage Debate http://wuis.org/post/politics-romance-practicality-and-religion-mix-marriage-debate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back on Valentine's Day, the state Senate approved legislation that would allow gays and lesbians to get married in Illinois.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The hope then was that Illinois would become the tenth state to legalize same-sex marriage.&nbsp; Eight months later, it still hasn't happened. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:40:32 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11510 at http://wuis.org Politics, Romance, Practicality and Religion Mix in Marriage Debate March For Marriage, But No Vote Certain http://wuis.org/post/march-marriage-no-vote-certain <p>Rain didn't stop advocates for same-sex marriage, who rallied under umbrellas by the hundreds in front of the Illinois Capitol Tuesday, Oct. 22. A measure to legalize same-sex marriage passed the state Senate earlier this year, but has stalled in the Illinois House.</p><p>There were two types of headliners:</p><p>-musicians, like Marcus Terrell, of "America's Got Talent" fame, who sang a "song about true love" ("and as we all know here today true love in any form is just natural," he said).</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:59:49 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 11471 at http://wuis.org March For Marriage, But No Vote Certain What The DOMA Rulings Mean For Illinois http://wuis.org/post/what-doma-rulings-mean-illinois <p>Expect a raucous time at this weekend's annual Pride Parade in Chicago.&nbsp; Gay right activists will celebrate the death of "DOMA," or the Defense of Marriage Act.&nbsp; Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling declaring the Act unconstitutional is a major victory for advocates, who had a disappointing spring in Illinois.&nbsp; The House of Representatives adjourned in late May without taking a vote on a measure to legalize gay marriage in the state.&nbsp;&nbsp; Activists say they're hopeful the federal ruling will put additional pressure on state legislators to pass a law.&nbsp; For the meantime Thu, 27 Jun 2013 19:04:30 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 4903 at http://wuis.org What The DOMA Rulings Mean For Illinois Gay Rights Activists Protest Sponsor http://wuis.org/post/gay-rights-activists-protest-sponsor <p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">The sponsor of same sex marriage legislation is facing a backlash for not calling it for a vote before the General Assembly adjourned on Friday. &nbsp;</p><p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 05:41:49 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 3645 at http://wuis.org Democrats Advance Kinder Budget http://wuis.org/post/democrats-advance-kinder-budget <p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">The bulk of a new state budget passed out of the Illinois House Tuesday, and now heads to the Senate. It's far less harsh than lawmakers had been predicting at the start of the legislative session.&nbsp;</p><p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">&nbsp;</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 12:31:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 3389 at http://wuis.org Legislators' Budget Plans Expected To Cut Deeper Than Quinn's http://wuis.org/post/legislators-budget-plans-expected-cut-deeper-quinns <p></p><p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">Despite years of cuts to the Illinois state budget ... even more are ahead. &nbsp;Legislators are still deciding where else they can slash spending.</p><p style="font-size: 16px; margin-bottom: 24px; color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: Georgia, 'Bitstream Charter', serif;">&nbsp;</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 11:40:00 +0000 Amanda Vinicky 2913 at http://wuis.org Legislators' Budget Plans Expected To Cut Deeper Than Quinn's