Illinois will be the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage, after the state House and Senate approved legislation (SB10) today. Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign it into law, and same-sex couples can marry starting next June.
Rain didn't stop advocates for same-sex marriage, who rallied under umbrellas by the hundreds in front of the Illinois Capitol today. A measure to legalize same-sex marriage passed the state Senate earlier this year, but has stalled in the Illinois House.
House Speaker John Boehner says he and fellow Republicans are willing to compromise and pass a temporary extension of the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling in exchange for substantive negotiations on other fiscal matters. But their proposal would not affect the partial government shutdown.
"What we want to do is offer the president today the ability to move a temporary increase in the debt ceiling in agreement to go to conference on the budget," Boehner said, standing behind a lectern labeled with the Twitter hashtag #time4solutions.
Moving quickly this afternoon, the Senate voted 54-46 to reject a House continuing resolution that would avert a government shutdown but would delay the implementation of President Obama's signature law, the Affordable Care Act.
With just hours left before the government runs out of authority to spend money, the ball is now in Speaker John Boehner's court.
Update: Congressman Kinzinger voted with his party today to defund the Affordable Care Act and issued the following statement:
“House Republicans today voted to fully fund the federal government while at the same time protecting the American people from the ravages of the President’s unworkable healthcare law. It is now up to our colleagues in the Senate to continue this fight.”
Original story, which aired during Morning Edition on WNIJ, 9/20/13
A Republican congressman from northern Illinois doesn't agree with his party's efforts to defund the Affordable Care Act.
Michael Jackson, Bruce Lee, and a pile of expensive furs are on the auction block tomorrow. U.S. Marshals are selling off some of the valuable possessions of former Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and his wife, former Chicago alderman Sandra Stevens Jackson.
Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) bested Rep. Raymond Poe (R-Springfield) as Illinois House Republicans’ new leader. Despite a “scuffle” over the leadership post in past days, Durkin and Poe presented a united front after the closed-door caucus meeting at the Statehouse Inn in Springfield Thursday.
Call him “House Minority Leader Durkin.” State Representative Jim Durkin was elected Thursday by his Republican colleagues as their new House leader.
The new Republican leader is from the Cook County village of Western Springs. He’s an attorney and has served twice in the Illinois House: from 1994 to 2002, and from 2006 to today. In between, he ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate.