Thursday, February 14, 2013
The bill will now move to the House of Representatives where it will have to pass committee and floor action before going to Gov. Quinn.
A bill to legalize same-sex marriage passed the Illinois Senate early Thursday afternoon, making a happier Valentine's Day for gay couples across the state. The Senate passed the bill—SB 10—with 34 votes in favor, 21 votes against and two abstentions. The bill will now go to the House of Representatives, where it will need 60 votes to pass. The bill will now go over to the House of Representative where it will have to repeat the same process before going to Gov. Quinn, who already voiced his support of the bill in a Chicago Tribune report. If passed, the state law defining marriage would be changed from an act between a man and a woman, to two people. "I've been told it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when it's going to be done," …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Legislators in support of same-sex marriage have a long way to go, but the ball is rolling.
A same-sex marriage bill may be voted on in the Illinois Senate as early as Valentine’s Day, the Chicago Tribune reports. Sen. Heather Seans, D-Chicago, sponsored the bill in last month’s lame duck session, but it took until Tuesday for it to advance past committee action in a 9-5 vote, according to the report. The bill will now go to floor process where the entire Senate will consider its passage. Should it make it through the Senate readings, it will go before the House, where the process will be repeated. If it passes the House—a big "if," according to the Tribune—it then goes up for consideration by Governor Pat Quinn. Quinn recently told the Tribune he completely supports same-sex marriage. For more, read the Chicago Tribune report.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Welcome one and all to the special Election Day edition of Patch Talk! Join us as Editors Chris Paicely and Ryan Fitzpatrick give a recap on our entire coverage of Election 2012 thus far.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Frankfort Republican Tuck Marshall is slated to run against Democratic incumbent Toi Hutchinson, of Olympia Fields, for the 40th District state Senate seat. Newly drawn maps bring Hutchinson's district into some of Frankfort and New Lenox.
Fearing a Cook County takeover of Will County politics, a Frankfort man is planning to run for a state Senate seat against Democratic incumbent Toi Hutchinson of Olympia Fields. J.C. "Tuck" Marshall, 65, was slated by the Will County Republican Party to oppose Hutchinson in the 2012 election for Illinois' 40th District Senate seat. Newly drawn district maps extended Hutchinson's reach to portions of Kankakee and Will County, including the southern parts of Frankfort and New Lenox. Her district still represents parts of Flossmoor and Chicago Heights as well. New maps also brought longtime Chicago Democrat Bobby Rush's district into the south suburbs. "I bring a Will County perspective," Marshall said. "We’re more rural. People have the …
Monday, February 21, 2011
Sen. Mark Kirk answered questions and outlined his view on the budget deficit in a town hall meeting Saturday.
As a budget battle looms in the nation's capital, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) focused his remarks on the federal deficit and spending during a town hall forum in Frankfort on Saturday. Kirk took questions from attendees who filled an elementary school gym looking for the opportunity to hear and question their senator. “I don’t want you to walk out of here feeling completely bad about the future of the United States,” Kirk said, before launching into a discussion on growing federal spending. The event was supposed to feature freshman Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-11th). An early-morning budget vote prevented Kinzinger from attending in person, but he made remarks via videoconference. Kinzinger echoed Kirk’s belief that Congress should cut …