Government

Same-Sex Marriage
2:17 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Wedding Bells Can Ring Earlier For Cook County Same-Sex Couples

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Couples started receiving marriage licenses Friday, within hours of the Cook County Clerk’s announcement that same-sex couples won’t have to wait until June to marry. 

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Budgeting the salt while waiting on state
9:41 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

DeKalb: More Snow, Less Salt

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Add DeKalb to the growing list of cities cutting back on salting roads.

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Needs President's Signature
5:40 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

$1.1 Trillion Budget Fix Passes Senate

The U.S. Senate easily passed the massive budget bill today, sending the plan on to President Obama. The $1.1 trillion dollar bill funds the government through September.

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Government
5:39 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Breaking News: Congress Passes Budget, Sends Bill To White House

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Congress has easily passed a $1.1 trillion bill easing the harshest effects of last year's automatic spending cuts after tea party critics chastened by the government shutdown in October mounted only a faint protest.  The sweeping 72-26 Senate vote to fund the government through September sends the bill to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature before a midnight Saturday deadline.

New Database Requirements
6:18 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Mental Health Restrictions Tougher Under Concealed Carry

Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The state of Illinois has taken another step toward regulating who may get a concealed-carry permit. The Department of Human Services has created an on-line database for mental health professionals to report people who pose a “clear and present danger” to themselves or others.

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Commentary
2:51 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Why Rockford's Historic South Side Is Important

The Rock River, as seen from the new Morgan Street Bridge.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

The following is an essay by Rockford City Manager Jim Ryan, delivered at the ceremony at City Hall for the Morgan Street Bridge ribbon-cutting, December 17th, 2013. Thank you to Jim Ryan for permission to publish his remarks.   

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Plan gets IN approval
6:05 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Moving Forward On The Illiana Tollway

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The Chicago area could be getting another highway in a few years. A Northwest Indiana planning board voted overwhelmingly to move forward on the Illiana Tollway. 

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Governor signs Marriage equality law
6:17 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Right To Same-Sex Marriage Is Now Law In Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn's signature on the document making same-sex marriage legal in Illinois.
Credit @GovernorQuinn, Twitter

Governor Pat Quinn took many pens in hand this afternoon and signed the same-sex marriage bill into law. The signing ceremony was held at the University of Illinois - Chicago Forum, on a desk brought up from Springfield. That desk is said to have been used by President Abraham Lincoln to write his first inaugural address. 

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Rita Crundwell Case
6:12 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Ex-Dixon Comptroller's 20-Year Sentence Upheld

Rita Crundwell leaves the federal courthouse in Rockford with her attorneys after initially pleading "not guilty" in May 2012.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Bad news for former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell today: a federal appeals court upheld her nearly 20-year prison sentence.

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The Two-Way
9:45 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Bill To End Government Shutdown Approved; Default Averted

Speaker of the House John Boehner pumps his fist after leaving a meeting of House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
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Bringing to an end an episode that once again exposed Washington gridlock at its worst, the House approved a Senate deal that will end a 16-day federal government shutdown and avert the first government default in U.S. history.

The 285-144 vote came at the eleventh hour, after weeks of partisan bickering and a very public airing of deep divisions within the Republican party. The bill now heads to the White House, where President Obama said he will sign it "immediately."

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