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Illinois Public Radio - Illinois Public Media News - January 04, 2013

Gay Marriage Supporters in Illinois Look to Next Session

Story by Brian Mackey

Illinois moved one step closer to legalizing gay marriage on Thursday. A Senate panel sent the measure to the floor on a strict party-line vote, but some key absences meant there weren’t enough votes to pass it in the full Senate.





AP - Illinois Public Media News - January 03, 2013

Indiana Lawmaker Wants Lord’s Prayer in Schools

Story by The Associated Press

A Republican state senator is pushing for Indiana’s public school students to start the school day by reciting the Lord’s Prayer.

Senate education committee chairman Dennis Kruse of Auburn has filed legislation that would let school districts require the prayer to be recited, but would also grant broad exemptions.

The measure might have little chance of winning approval since the Senate’s leader has assigned it to the rules committee, which rarely advances bills.

But it’s part of a broader push by Kruse and other lawmakers to put religion in Indiana’s public schools.

Kruse sponsored a bill last year seeking to allow schools to teach creationism, the belief that life was created as described in the Bible. This year, he’s seeking to allow questioning by teachers of scientific principles like evolution.

Categories: Politics, Religion

WILL - Illinois Public Media News - January 03, 2013

After C-section, Bloomington Couple Opts for Home Birth

By Kimberlie Kranich
Amy and Ben Russell of Towanda welcome their daughter, Katie, who was delivered at home with a certified nurse midwife.

After having a traumatic Cesarean section delivery of her first child, Parker, in 2008, 29-year-old Amy Russell of Bloomington, a farm manager at Soy Capital, was in counseling for posttraumatic stress disorder.  She rebounded and got connected with a local chapter of the International Cesarean Awareness Network when expecting baby number two, a girl named Rachel.  Rachel was a successful vaginal birth born in the hospital in 2010.

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Categories: Community, Health

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