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Dec 4, 2013

Illinois Senate advances incentive bill to keep ADM headquarters

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Illinois Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would offer incentives for Archer Daniels Midland Co to keep its global headquarters in Illinois.

ADM has been the dominant corporate presence in the central Illinois city of Decatur for 44 years. Its disclosure in September that it was seeking a new global headquarters shook Decatur and brought other cities, including Chicago, into a contest to land a new corporate nameplate.

Dec 3, 2013

Undocumented immigrants start testing for Illinois driver’s licenses

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Undocumented immigrants in Illinois began taking road tests on Tuesday to qualify for driver’s licenses, starting a process expected to be closely watched by other U.S. states that are preparing to implement similar laws.

Illinois is the largest U.S. state to implement legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to get licenses – following in the steps of New Mexico and Washington.

Dec 2, 2013

Michigan lawmakers may act on separate abortion insurance

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – The Michigan legislature will consider a proposal this week that, if enacted, would make it the ninth state to prohibit insurance companies from offering abortion services unless women pay an extra fee in addition to the usual premium.

The proposal will go before the majority-Republican legislature as a petition organized by Right to Life of Michigan, an anti-abortion group, that was approved on Monday by the Michigan Board of Canvassers.

Nov 26, 2013

Dying Chicago lesbian gets judge’s OK to wed ahead of new law

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago woman who is dying of cancer could wed her lesbian partner as early as Wednesday after a federal judge ordered local officials to issue them a marriage license six months before an Illinois law recognizing gay unions takes effect.

The cancer patient, Vernita Gray, 64, and her partner, Patricia Ewert, 65, had argued in a lawsuit filed in federal court that a state law passed last week allowing same-sex marriages discriminates against them because it would prevent them from getting married before Gray’s death.

Nov 22, 2013
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More Americans believe in taking all measures to save life: poll

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(An operation at the Galkayo Medical Centre in Somalia, July 21, 2011. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya )

As the nation debates the costs of health care and insurance, a survey released on Thursday found that a growing minority of Americans say that doctors should do everything possible to keep patients alive.

Nov 20, 2013

Illinois governor signs same-sex marriage into law

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Wednesday signed into law a bill extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, making the home state of President Barack Obama the 16th to allow such unions.

The Illinois law, which takes effect June 1, is the latest in a series of recent victories for gay rights, coming after Hawaii’s governor signed gay marriage into law last week and after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie dropped his legal opposition to the unions in October.

Nov 20, 2013

Illinois governor expected to sign gay marriage into law

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign same-sex marriage into law on Wednesday afternoon, which will make President Barack Obama’s home state the 16th to allow such unions.

Illinois state senators voted to legalize gay marriage last February, and the state House followed suit by a slim margin earlier this month. Once signed by the Democratic governor, the law is due to take effect on June 1, 2014.

Nov 19, 2013

U.S. Midwest assesses after storms kill eight; damage may be $1 billion

WASHINGTON, Illinois (Reuters) – Rescue workers in a small Illinois city raked by a powerful tornado were combing through the wreckage on Tuesday in the wake of a fast-moving storm that killed eight people in two states and may have caused $1 billion (£621,040,864.49) in property damage.

The storm system triggered multiple tornadoes on Sunday that tore through the Midwestern United States, killing at least six people in Illinois and two people in Michigan.

Nov 19, 2013

U.S. Midwest assesses after storms kill 8; damage may be $1 bln

, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Rescue workers in a
small Illinois city raked by a powerful tornado were combing
through the wreckage on Tuesday in the wake of a fast-moving
storm that killed eight people in two states and may have caused
$1 billion in property damage.

The storm system triggered multiple tornadoes on Sunday that
tore through the Midwestern United States, killing at least six
people in Illinois and two people in Michigan.

Nov 19, 2013

Recovery begins after U.S. storms kill eight in U.S. Midwest

WASHINGTON, Illinois (Reuters) – Rescue workers in a small Illinois city raked by a powerful tornado were combing through the wreckage on Tuesday in the wake of a fast-moving storm system that left eight people dead in two U.S. states.

The storm system triggered multiple tornadoes on Sunday that tore through the Midwestern United States, killing at least six people in Illinois and two people in Michigan.