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6:49 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Illinois governor makes clear his support for gay marriage

Pat Quinn gets behind the idea of allowing gay marriage in Illinois. The Democrat says he'll work with state lawmakers to make it a reality.

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Government
11:38 am
Sat May 12, 2012

Plan to end state retirees' free health insurance premiums goes to Governor

The Illinois  Senate approved the measure Thursday, and Governor Pat Quinn says he'll sign it into law.

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local
11:57 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Around Illinois -- May 11

  • Governor Quinn on board for same-sex marriage law
  • Meals in the mailbox
  • Mother's Day gift for Rockford mayor's family
  • Illinois Senate advances plan to reduce regional school superintendents
  • Record corn crop could be good for consumers
  • Rockford gets $1 million grant for environmental clean-up

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Government
8:49 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Audit finds problems with Illinois' pre-paid tuition program

The scathing report on past management of College Illinois was issued Wednesday by the state Auditor General.

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Government
8:45 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Business community getting behind Quinn's pension plan

The governor's overhaul proposal receives an endorsement from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

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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

Transcript

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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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