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Gov. Pat Quinn announced he will sign legislation allowing same sex marriages in Illinois at a public event on Nov. 20.
The event, which will be free and open to the public, will be held at 3:30 p.m. at the UIC Forum. This venue was chosen because of its large capacity to hold 3,000 people, as Quinn’s office says they encourage the attendance of anyone interested.
However, they ask those planning to attend to register at Equality.Illinois.gov.
“We just really need to get a good idea of how many people will be there,” Quinn spokeswoman Katie Hickey said. “We don’t want to turn anyone away.”
The law would take effect June 1, making Illinois the 15th state to recognize same-sex marriages.
SOURCE: Chicago Sun Times
Chicago homicides are down 20 percent from this time last year.
According to Redeye Chicago's analysis of preliminary police data, the city has recorded 366 homicides this year through October, while 454 homicides were logged from January to October of 2012.
This year has been atypical of recent trends, with February (14 killings) and March (17) setting record lows while January's number skyrocketed (44). Despite January's unually high number, 2013 has been on a similar pace as 2011, when 372 homicides were logged from January to October. \
Recent Novembers have seen fewer than 40 killings and Decembers fewer than 25.
SOURCE: Redeye Chicago
The Obama administration is expanding ways to register for the affordable health care program.
To register by telephone, call 1-800-318-2596.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is planning to expand access to mammograms for low-income women.
Though some financial experts wanted the mayor to privatize the city's program for providing the exams, the mayor has elected instead to spend more money to try to fix the troubled program, which had been criticized for allegedly not referring women with abnormal screenings for further tests soon enough and for having unqualified personnel performing the mammograms.
Emanuel pledged Wednesday to spend $200,000 more in city money next year to address the various concerns and expand the program.
"It's all about access," the mayor said during an appearance at Roseland Community Hospital. "It is one of the few cancers which, if you diagnose it early enough, you can actually deal with it. And it is essential that we give people here in the community and the surrounding area access immediately."
The program will continue to be run by the city Public Health Department, despite concerns about the staffing. Anne Marie Murphy, executive director of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force, praised the city for increasing funding, but encouraged the Public Health Department "to continue to look for mammography experts" to run the program and said her non-profit agency will continue to work with the department "on quality improvement."
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune
When it rains, it pours.
Though Jesse Jackson, Jr. is currently serving a 2 and a half year sentence in federal prison, his campaign is not yet officially terminated and has now reportedly skipped a reporting deadline on its finances.
According to records, Jackson's campaign last filed a report with the Federal Election Commission in December, claiming to have $105,703 in cash. Though Jackson had resigned from Congress last November, the campaign's reporting obligation persists until the FEC accepts an official "termination report," according to FEC spokesperson Christian Hilland.
Hilland said that a campaign can terminate when it no longer intends to receive contributions and make expenditures or disbursements - and has no current debts or obligations.
Jackson's former campaign treasurer, Chicago lawyer Vickie Pasley, told the FEC last September that she's no longer with the campaign. The FEC warning letter is the fourth the agency has sent the Jackson campaign.
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune