Cook County Clerk David Orr, left, performs a marriage ceremony for Theresa Volpe, second from left, and Mercedes Santos on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Chicago.
(M. Spencer Green/AP)
February 25, 2014

Champaign County Waiting To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Early

Last week, a federal judge issued a ruling to allow same-sex couples in Cook County to marry ahead of June 1, when same-sex marriage will be legal in all of Illinois. That has raised questions about how the ruling affects other counties wanting to issue the marriage licenses early.


February 25, 2014

Senator Seeks To Alter Pre-Paid Tuition Program

State Sen. Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) wants to make changes to the state's pre-paid college tuition program, saying it's dangerously close to "financial disaster."


Chuck Hagel
(Evan Vucci/AP)
February 24, 2014

US Defense Secretary Proposes Big Military Cuts

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is proposing shrinking the Army, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping of priorities following more than a decade of war.


Alice Herz-Sommer in July 2010.
('The Lady in Number 6'/AP)
February 24, 2014

Oldest-Known Holocaust Survivor Dies; Pianist Was 110

There are many remarkable things to say about Alice Herz-Sommer, who until her death in London on Sunday was thought to be the world's oldest survivor of the Nazi Holocaust.


Actor-director Harold Ramis dead at 69
(AP Photo/Jim Prisching)
February 24, 2014

Chicago Actor, Filmmaker Harold Ramis Dead At 69

An attorney for Harold Ramis says the actor has died.   Fred Toczek tells The Associated Press that Ramis died early Monday morning from complications of autoimmune inflammatory disease. He was 69.


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