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Nov 5, 2013

Illinois lawmakers clear way for same-sex marriage

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois is poised to become the 15th U.S. state to allow same-sex unions after lawmakers in President Barack Obama’s home state gave final approval to a bill on Tuesday.

The state Senate approved gay marriage on Valentine’s Day in February, but there was a delay in bringing the vote to the House, even though Democrats have a strong majority.

Nov 4, 2013
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Congregation celebrates Sunday – without religion

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(A broken cross is seen on the top of a church in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, September 18, 2005.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria )

British comedian Sanderson Jones left a Christmas concert six years ago feeling uncomfortable – he no longer believed in God, but he sure liked singing carols.

Nov 2, 2013

Congregation celebrates assembly – without religion

CHICAGO (Reuters) – British comedian Sanderson Jones left a Christmas concert six years ago feeling uncomfortable – he no longer believed in God, but he sure liked singing carols.

Jones also missed other things about being in a church – the sense of community and time spent thinking about being a better person – just not the religion part.

Oct 30, 2013

Once turned away, Jesse Jackson Jr. finally in prison

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. began his first day of a 30-month sentence in a North Carolina federal prison on Tuesday, a day after he had attempted to report early and was turned away.

The son of civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson pleaded guilty to charges of misusing campaign funds in February and was due to report to prison no earlier than Friday, November 1, according to a judge’s order.

Oct 29, 2013

Ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. admitted to prison after one-day delay

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. began his first day of a 30-month sentence in federal prison on Tuesday, a prison official said, one day after Jackson’s spokeswoman said he had reported to the facility in North Carolina.

Jackson, the son of civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., was convicted of misusing campaign funds. He was due to report to prison no earlier than Friday, November 1, according to a judge’s order.

Oct 29, 2013

Most U.S. libertarians do not identify with Tea Party: survey

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Most American libertarians do not consider themselves part of the conservative Tea Party movement despite a public perception that the two political groups are linked, according to a national survey released on Tuesday.

Libertarians, who generally support maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of government, differ sharply with the Tea Party and religious conservatives on issues such as abortion and decriminalization of marijuana, according to the survey by the non-partisan Public Religion Research Institute.

Oct 28, 2013

Gay couple told to leave taxi after kiss files complaint

CHICAGO, Oct 28 (Reuters) – A gay couple filed a human
rights complaint on Monday against a Chicago-area taxi company
because a driver told them to leave his cab after they kissed in
the back seat.

The couple, Matthew McCrea, 30, of Chicago, and Steven
White, 29, of West Hollywood, California, say they had exchanged
a brief kiss in the back of a Sun Taxi cab when the driver
pulled over on a busy expressway on a rainy night and told them
to get out.

Oct 23, 2013

Ohio conservative lawmakers sue to stop Medicaid expansion

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Six Ohio Republican lawmakers have filed a lawsuit to challenge Governor John Kasich’s plan to expand Medicaid coverage for the poor under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.

An Ohio legislative panel voted in favor of the expansion on Monday at Kasich’s request.

Oct 22, 2013

Illinois gay marriage supporters rally, but vote uncertain

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Carrying rainbow flags and umbrellas, hundreds of gay rights advocates marched during a chilly rain at the Illinois Capitol on Tuesday to pressure lawmakers to legalize same sex marriage, but it was unclear if the issue would be brought to a vote.

The state Senate, where President Barack Obama once served, voted on Valentine’s Day ilast February to legalize gay marriage in Illinois. But the full state House of Representatives never considered the issue amid uncertainty whether it had the votes to pass.

Oct 17, 2013

Chicago’s O’Hare airport adds runway to cut delays, grow traffic

CHICAGO, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Chicago’s O’Hare International
Airport opened a new runway on Thursday, which the city hopes
can cut delays by nearly half, and allow for nearly 90,000
additional annual flights as demand grows.

The 10,800-foot (3,292-meter) runway, built over the site of
a former cemetery, is part of the airport’s $8 billion
modernization project. When the expansion is complete, O’Hare
expects to have six east-west parallel runways and two
“crosswind” runways.