Nov 26, 2013 — Gay marriage won't be legal in the state until June, but two Chicago women have been granted permission to marry immediately because one of them has terminal cancer.
Nov 20, 2013 — After months of wrangling among lawmakers and opposition from powerful religious groups, Gov. Pat Quinn signed the law on Wednesday.
Nov 20, 2013 — In communities grappling with high unemployment, grocery stores serve many customers who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to get by. Some stores are estimating that their sales might fall between 5 and 10 percent now that the government has reduced the benefits.
Nov 18, 2013 — It was a deadly combination: Winter jet streams collided with warm and moist air. Twisters flattened subdivisions in Washington, Ill., and tore through farming communities. The destruction spread to other states across the upper Midwest. Six deaths have been reported in Illinois, two in Michigan.
Jul 10, 2013 — Lawmakers voted to override a veto by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who is facing a tough re-election fight next year. The Illinois State Police expects to receive 300,000 applications for conceal-carry permits in the first year.
Jun 15, 2013 — Lawmakers will head back to work next week to try to patch the state's $100 billion pension hole. Every day they don't act, the burden on Illinois taxpayers grows larger.
Oct 28, 2012 — Freshman Republican Joe Walsh's bombastic rants frequently get him into trouble, even with members of his own party. He's facing a tough Democratic opponent in Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth, who lost both of her legs in combat.
Mar 21, 2012 — Illinois, with its more upscale, well-educated and moderate Republicans, especially in the counties surrounding Chicago, was always favorable political terrain for Mitt Romney. It was no surprise that he won, but the margin was impressive. And he also showed strength among voters he has had trouble courting.
Mar 20, 2012 — With Mitt Romney having what seems like an insurmountable lead in delegates but his rivals, especially Rick Santorum, refusing to exit the race, the GOP primaries have entered the grind-it-out-for-every-delegate phase.That means that Illinois, all of a sudden, counts plenty. The three things to watch for on primary night are turnout in the counties around Chicago, evangelicals the Tea Party.
Mar 14, 2012 — With Illinois holding its GOP presidential primary next Tuesday, NPR's Don Gonyea speaks to voters in and around the iconic American test market of Peoria, asking: Will Illinois embrace Mitt Romney's politics, or follow the South's lead and favor Rick Santorum?