Illinois' new concealed carry law forbids people from bringing guns into schools, hospitals and casinos. A group of religious leaders say they want the same protection for places of worship.
The state of Illinois is asking a federal court to reject a push by gun-rights advocates to let the state's residents start publicly toting weapons as soon as next week, rather than waiting months for implementation of a new concealed carry law.
Illinois lawmakers thought they were in the clear after meeting a federal court's deadline to pass a concealed carry law by Tuesday, but the Illinois State Rifle Association says that is not good enough.
Attorneys representing 25 same-sex couples suing over the state's same-sex marriage ban are asking a judge to rule quickly in their favor.
The continuing leak of classified information by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden has renewed a debate about the U.S. government's power to reach secretly into the personal lives of its citizens.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Thursday to help drive up the labor force among veterans and service members.
The family of Justin Carter, the 19-year old Texas gamer who made offensive Facebook comments that landed him in jail, is working with new urgency to get his $500,000 bail reduced because they say he's getting beat up while behind bars.
The state legislature in Texas has held a second special session to revive a controversial bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The U.S. Supreme Court says a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced until Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require close federal monitoring of elections.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is not providing any clues as to whether he will sign off on a measure legalizing the concealed carry of weapons in the state.