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NPR Story
3:02 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Obama Affirms Support Of Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 3:14 pm

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The Two-Way
2:35 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

President Obama: Same-Sex Couples Should Be Able To Wed

President Barack Obama is seen on a monitor in the White House briefing room in Washington, Wednesday. President Barack Obama told an ABC interviewer that he supports gay marriage.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 4:19 pm

In an interview with ABC News, President Obama declared his support for gay marriage. This marks a departure from the president's previous stance, which has repeatedly been described as "evolving."

Here's the money quote from ABC's OTUS blog:

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Government
9:50 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Around Illinois – May 9

  • Iowa plane crash hero dies
  • Should multi-ride passes be “forever”?
  • Area schools share “Race to the Top” funds
  • Rahm’s first capitol visit seeks pension help
  • Lawmakers form Asian-American caucus
  • House votes to retain Auditor-General

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Government
6:27 am
Wed May 9, 2012

GOP freshman gives qualified thumbs-up to President Obama

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)

Northern Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger says President Obama has "been aggressive" when protecting Americans from terrorism.  The freshman Republican cites the Obama administration's increase in the use of drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen. 

Kinzinger spoke a day after U.S. intelligence officials announced they foiled an alleged attempt to bomb a U.S.-bound airliner.  But in an interview with WNIJ, Kinzinger stressed he has "fundamental disagreements" with the administration's handling of Afghanistan. 

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Government
10:18 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Not guilty plea in Dixon case: expert urges public to be aware of fraud

Rita Crundwell leaves the federal courthouse in Rockford, flanked by her attorneys Paul Gaziano and Kristen Carpenter
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell pleaded “not guilty” in federal court in Rockford Monday. She’s accused of stealing 53-million dollars from her hometown over the past 20 years.

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Government
7:10 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Illinois lawmaker says it's up to State Police to fix FOID problems

A recent audit says Illinois' gun owner registration program creates public safety issues.  But Republican Representative Jim Durkin doesn't expect the legislature to intervene anytime soon. 

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Government
12:34 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Around Illinois -- May 7

  • TV show helps nab Ponzi-scheme pair
  • High-speed rail study will move forward
  • Tollway project will link two interstates
  • Will free roads become tollways?
  • State Fair prices on the rise
  • Bank of America to face local protest

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Government
6:37 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Proposed measure aims to save state funding for day care providers

Sara Feigenholtz

Democratic Representative from Chicago introduces a bill that would prevent a state funding cutoff for child care providers in Illinois. 

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Government
5:36 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Former Dixon comptroller to appear in federal court Monday

Rita Crundwell is scheduled to make an appearance for her arraignment on wire fraud charges.

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Government
6:37 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Voters to decide on tougher rules for pension increases

A constitutional amendment for Illinois will appear on the November ballot. The proposed change has to do with increasing pension benefits for public workers.

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