Tag: illinois

Illinois couples taking advantage of civil unions

According to a release from Equality Illinois, almost 4000 couples have taken advantage of the new Civil Union law that went into effect in Illinois on June 1st.  I know that I was one of those couples when I married, er I mean Civil Unionized, with my partner this summer. Equality Illinois went to every... Read more »

831 Couples in Cook County Applied for Civil Unions in June

According to a post on the Cook County blog, David Orr reported that 831 couples applied for Civil Unions in Illinois during June – the first month such unions were legal in the state.  Interestingly, 46 of those couples were opposite sex! Personally, I know of 4 couples (5 if you include myself and my... Read more »

Get your Civil Union License in Illinois TOMORROW

June 1, 2011 marks a new dawn in Illinois when the first Civil Union licenses will become available. From the Cook County Blog – here’s everything that you need to know to get ready for tomorrow: WHAT: Illinois will begin offering Civil Union licenses at county clerk offices on Wednesday, June 1. The Cook County... Read more »

POLL: Just Two Weeks Til Civil Unions in Illinois

In just two weeks Illinois will be holding it’s first Civil Unions – will you be one of them? After a long fought battle to bring Civil Unions to Illinois it’s finally coming true.  After Governor Quinn signed the bill earlier this year in front of hundreds of spectators at the Chicago Cultural Center members of the... Read more »

IL Bill to Ban Same-Sex Marriage is DEAD!

IL Bill to Ban Same-Sex Marriage is DEAD!
I just received this press release from The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA) and needed to share it with you: March 30, 2011 -The Civil Rights Agenda (TCRA), an Illinois statewide LGBTQ Civil Rights advocacy and political organization, has been closely monitoring a bill that would create a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in Illinois. We... Read more »

Cook County Offers Outline of Civil Unions to County Clerks

Cook County has added a document to their online library for their Clerks regarding SB1716 (The Civil Unions Bill) that will start taking effect on June 1, 2011 in Illinois. It doesn’t outline anything more than what we already know, but lays it out in simple detail, it states the following: SB 1716Civil Union Law... Read more »

Illinois Civil Union Bill to be Signed January 31

Photo Credit: mattitude Make sure to mark January 31st on your date planner, because that’s when Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign SB1716 the “Civil Union” bill into law. Over the weekend, openly-gay State Representative Greg Harris – one of the sponsors of the bill – updated his Facebook status with a message to... Read more »

First hurdle passed in Illinois Civil Unions

If everything goes smoothly from here on out, Civil Unions will be legal in the state of Illinois come the beginning of the new year. Today, SB1716 passed through the Illinois House of Representatives by a vote of 61 to 52.  The Civil Unions portion of the bill, co-sponsored by openly gay State Representative Greg... Read more »

Governor Quinn Signs School Anti-Bullying Law

Photo Credit:Chris Eaves via Flickr CC On Sunday while many of us were celebrating Gay Pride, Governor Pat Quinn signed the School Anti-Bullying Act, SB3266, into law. The following was sent to me by Lambda Legal, and I wanted to share with you: “SB 3266, Prevent School Violence Act, a bill that covers bullying specifically... Read more »