1st June 2013
Video: Illinois equal marriage bill sponsor breaks down in tears during vote delay announcement 9
3:48 AM — Upon announcing that the equal marriage bill for the US state of Illinois would not be called for vote on Friday, the bill's sponsor Representative Greg Harris broke down in tears during his impassioned speech.
Illinois: Same-sex marriage bill withdrawn as ‘not enough votes’ to pass it 9
12:40 AM — The House in the US state of Illinois did not vote on a bill which would have legalised equal marriage, following a tense two days of speculation over whether the bill would be called at all.
31st May 2013
US: Equal marriage bill appears on calendar for Illinois House in last day of session 4
2:16 PM — With only one day left before the current Illinois legislative session ends, a bill to legalise equal marriage has appeared on the calendar for today.
US: Illinois House to vote on equal marriage bill on Friday before end of session 7
3:11 AM — Advocates of equal marriage in the US state of Illinois were disappointed as the House adjourned on Thursday, until 09:30 on Friday, leaving only one day for a vote on a bill to legalise equal marriage, before the current session ends.
US: Demonstrators to rally in Illinois to pressure House for urgent vote on equal marriage 1
1:55 AM — Advocates of equal marriage in the US state of Illinois have sprung into action to arrange an urgent rally to push the House to vote on a bill to legalise it, before the end of the session on Friday.
23rd January 2013
US: Handcuffed Catholic priest was suffering from ‘stress-related self-bondage’ says bishop 45
4:16 PM — A Catholic Illinois priest, who last year got stuck in a pair of handcuffs, was engaged in “non-sexual” conduct at the time, and the incident was brought on by “stress” – according to a bishop.
4th January 2013
US: Catholic priest forced to call 911 after getting stuck in handcuffs 56
6:59 PM — A Catholic priest in Springfield, Illinois, has been granted a leave of absence after he called 911 from the rectory and told a dispatcher that he needed help getting out of handcuffs.
3rd January 2013
Republican Chairman: It is time for people to support marriage equality 12
4:48 AM — A Republican Party chairman has urged lawmakers to get behind a proposal to legalise marriage equality in Illinois.
21st October 2012
Video: Preacher in Missouri gives speech on LGBT rights with a surprise ending 18
11:18 AM — A video of a speech by a preacher in Springfield Missouri has gone viral because it contains a twist, where he uses the example of speeches by pro-segregation preachers from the 1960s, replacing the word 'integration' with the word 'gay rights'.
12th November 2010
Illinois university official ‘fired’ for announcing lesbian wedding 6
3:00 PM — A lesbian official at a Catholic university in Illinois claims she was fired after announcing her wedding in a local newspaper. Laine Tadlock, 60, says that her bosses at Benedictine University in Springfield were aware that she was a lesbian but fired after she announced her marriage.