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The race for Illinois governor is shaping up as a battle of vastly different visions on how to revive a lagging economy in one of the Midwest’s last Democratic strongholds.
A gay rights activist, who was one half of the first same-sex couple to marry in Illinois, has died at age 65.
A Chicago Republican, who made headlines earlier for blaming autism, dementia and tornados on the gay marriage and abortions, won her primary Tuesday.
The three Republican state representatives who voted to overturn Illinois’ ban on same-sex marriage last year are now the targets of political attack ads by an anti-gay marriage group, ahead of Tuesday’s primary elections.
While many Illinois counties are waiting until the state’s new same-sex marriage becomes law in June and others are waiting for legal advice, the list of counties that will start issuing the licenses immediately is growing.
Illinois’ attorney general says county clerks statewide can immediately begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples even though the state law legalizing gay marriage doesn’t take effect until June.
Several state lawmakers face challenges in the March 18 primary election because of high-profile votes for cutting state worker retirement benefits or legalizing gay marriage.
Cook County issued 258 marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the first week it was allowed to do so by a court ruling.
County clerks in western Illinois say they’ll wait until June 1 to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses, even though two other Illinois counties have started issuing them.
County clerks in some parts of Illinois say they’ll wait until June to issue same-sex marriage licenses even after a federal judge ruled gay couples in Cook County can get them immediately.