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INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana's prohibition on gay marriage and refusal to recognize gay marriages performed in Illinois and elsewhere violates the U.S. Constitution, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
Supporters of gay marriage in Wisconsin and Indiana attend a rally at the federal plaza Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Chicago. The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday on gay marriage fights from Indiana and Wisconsin, setting the stage for one ruling. Each cas…
Confidence needs a fix
INDIANAPOLIS | Justice Frank Sullivan Jr. announced Monday he will leave the Indiana Supreme Court this summer after 19 years to teach law at Indiana University in Indianapolis.
Not every daycare is created equal
With nearly 7,000 units of local government, there is certainly room for consolidation — if not elimination — of many of those districts in Illinois.
Few taxpayers can forget the lame-duck General Assembly increased the income tax rate by 2 percentage points in January.
The recent flap over Gov. Pat Quinn's attempt to appoint a former state lawmaker to Illinois' Prisoner Review Board shows it might be getting tougher to get away with politics as usual in the Land of Lincoln.
WASHINGTON | Peter Diamond's research on unemployment is good enough to earn him the Nobel Prize in economics — but not to get him on the Federal Reserve.
SPRINGFIELD | The investigation into wrongdoing by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, known as "Operation Board Games," snagged more than a dozen convictions before the Democrat and his brother, Robert, were brought to trial. After the trial ended this week with Blagojevich's conviction on one cha…
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge overturned California's gay-marriage ban Wednesday in a landmark case that could eventually force the U.S. Supreme Court to confront the question of whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to wed.
CHICAGO | Rod Blagojevich's defense attorney clashed with the judge Monday over his planned closing arguments, pledging to go to jail if he is prohibited from telling jurors about witnesses that prosecutors never called.
CHICAGO | Illinois voters likely will vote twice on Election Day to fill President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat, and his replacement, Sen. Roland Burris, indicated Monday he wants a shot at the ballot.
WASHINGTON | Republican Sen. Richard Lugar says he'll vote to confirm Elena Kagan as a Supreme Court justice.
INDIANAPOLIS | The committee that will select the three finalists to become the first new state Supreme Court justice in more than a decade is picking among nine candidates who are mostly from the Indianapolis area and all graduates of Indiana University's two law schools.
WASHINGTON | She cracked wise. She waxed sentimental. And she employed the artful dodge liberally.
CHICAGO | Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich seriously considered Oprah Winfrey as a candidate to fill President Barack Obama's former Senate seat, calling the talk show host a kingmaker who could influence voters, according to an FBI tape played Monday at his corruption trial.
CHICAGO | U.S. Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias said Sunday that he won't be hurt politically by his subpoena to testify at the corruption trial of ousted ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but his Republican opponent pounced at the chance to try to shift attention from his own troubles in the conte…
CHICAGO | The corruption trial of ousted Gov. Rod Blagojevich — for allegedly trying to sell President Barack Obama's own Senate seat — is a distant but unwelcome headache for the White House.
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