Government

Election 2014
12:09 pm
Sun March 16, 2014

Ballot Issues Include Sales and Property Taxes, School Closing

Voters in several counties in northern Illinois will decide various referenda on Tuesday in addition to selecting candidates for county, state and federal offices. McHenry County heads the list with seven propositions on the county ballot.
Several propositions seek authority to negotiate for electricity rates for residential and small commercial retail customers. Another question in at least two counties is whether a one-percent sales tax should be imposed to benefit school facilities.

McHenry County

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Judge rules no more wait
4:47 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Now Available In DeKalb County

Civil Union supporters gather on the DeKalb County Courthouse steps during a 2011 rally.
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Same-sex couples in DeKalb County don't have to wait until June 1st to get a marriage license. That was the decision approved by a judge today, and means couples can begin applying for licenses immediately.

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County Clerks Demur
10:05 am
Mon March 10, 2014

No Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Yet in Northern Illinois

Lisa Madigan

Northern Illinois counties are not so eager to follow the recent proposition set forth by State Attorney General Lisa Madigan that would allow counties outside of Cook County to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples before the effective date of June 1, 2014.

Madigan expressed her opinion following the Cook County federal court ruling of Lee vs. Orr. The court ruled that denying a marriage license to a same-sex couple facing terminal illness would be a violation of human rights and was deemed unconstitutional.

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Concealed Carry
6:22 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

The Permit's In The Mail: First Round Of Concealed Carry Approved

Credit Illinois State Police / www.isp.state.il.us

Illinois gun owners can soon carry their weapons in public.  Illinois State Police officials say they are mailing out the first concealed carry permits to gun owners who applied.

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Government
2:56 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Federal Judge Voids Texas Ban On Gay Marriage

Saying that a Texas law barring same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and demeans the dignity of homosexuals, a federal judge struck down the law Wednesday. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia doesn't mean gay marriages can be held in Texas, however; he placed a stay on the decision, anticipating an appeal by the state.

The issue is widely expected to be settled eventually by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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

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

Credit Elsie esq / Flickr/Creative Commons

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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