Cook County Inches Closer To 10,000 Same-Sex Marriages

CHICAGO (CBS) — Cook County officials expect to issue the county’s 10,000th same-sex marriage license this week. Cook County became the first in Illinois to allow same-sex couples to wed in February of 2014. Since then, as of Monday morning, 9,990 marriage licenses have been issued to same sex couples, moving closer to the 10,000 […]

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Orr, marriage backers anticipate 10,000 same-sex licenses

by Matt Simonette 2016-08-29 Windy City Times Just as attorney John Knight, of ACLU of Illinois, finished speaking at an Aug. 29 press conference heralding the 10,000th marriage license distributed to a same-sex couple in Cook County, County Clerk David Orr said, “I now forgive you for suing me.” While Orr was joking, his remark […]

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Critical Senior Services Bill Vetoed by Governor Rauner

AARP IL Urges General Assembly to Override Veto SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Aug. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Over 40,000 Illinois vulnerable seniors will face reduced services and potentially daunting waitlists in obtaining in-home care due to Governor Rauner’s veto of the Community Care Program Protection bill.  Last Friday, the Governor vetoed a measure which safeguards in-home and […]

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Uptown Restaurant with Mission to Help Homeless Closes

Hunter Clauss WTTW Chicago Tonight A North Side restaurant employing people grappling with homelessness closed its doors for good on Sunday. Inspiration Kitchens had been a fixture of the Uptown neighborhood for 11 years. But owners of the restaurant say a loss of federal funding and the state’s historic budget impasse made it difficult to […]

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Shred It and Forget About It!!

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District District Update • July 18, 2016 Shred It and Forget About It (Again) Back by Popular Demand!!     Do you have boxes of documents that you need to get rid of?  How about old cell phones or electronics?  On Saturday, July 23 from 9:00 a.m. till 12:00 pm. […]

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Illinois moving forward with changes to program for elderly

Dan Petrella Times Bureau SPRINGFIELD — Despite a bill on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk that would block its plans, the Illinois Department on Aging is moving forward with proposed changes to a program that provides care to elderly Illinoisans so they can remain in their homes. The department’s community care program is designed to keep people […]

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Stopgap Budget

Rep. Greg Harris • 13th District Springfield Update • July 1, 2016   Stopgap Budget   After months of crisis following Governor Rauner’s vetoes of the FY16 state budget, we finally have a compromise stopgap budget, SB 2047 along with its companion legislation, signed and in place to cover FY16 and the first 6 months […]

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HOUSE DEMOCRATS, REPUBLICANS INTRODUCE ILLINOIS GUN CONTROL MEASURE

KEVIN HOFFMAN Reboot Illinois Suspected terrorists and people considered a threat to public safety would be barred from obtaining firearms under a bill in the Illinois House. The proposal, which has bipartisan support, was filed by state Rep. Gregory Harris, D-Chicago, on June 21, a day after the U.S. Senate rejected four gun control measures […]

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New Springfield guns plan gets Rifle Association backing

Mike Riopell State-level gun legislation in response to the Orlando attacks has emerged in Illinois, led by a Chicago Democrat and more than one suburban Republican. The new proposal in Springfield would let the Illinois State Police notify the FBI if someone on a terrorist watch list applies to get a Firearm Owners Identification card […]

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Illinois women hit ‘disproportionally hard’ by record state budget impasse

 by Monique Garcia and Kim GeigerContact Reporter Chicago Tribune As Illinois government has lurched along for nearly a year without a formal budget, women who rely on state services have been among those suffering the most. Frozen out of the haphazard funding system that’s emerged during the impasse are social service providers, many of them not-for-profit organizations […]

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