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Women exchanged vows in their home, 2 days after federal court's order
Longtime gay rights activists and well-known Chicago couple Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert were married Wednesday afternoon in the state's first legal same-sex wedding, officials said.
$14 million facility to open in 2015 on Urbana-Champaign campus
Already recognized as a leader in disability services for students, the University of Illinois has plans to tackle a new concern — helping the most severely injured war veterans who want to continue their education.
Man alleged abuse by former pastor at West Side church
The Archdiocese of Chicago will pay $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit brought by a man now in his early 20s who alleged he was repeatedly sexually abused by a notorious former pastor of a West Side Catholic church about a decade ago, the man's attorneys said Tuesday.
Attorneys for Richard Vanecko contend 3 reporters may have influenced eyewitness testimony
Attorneys for former Mayor Richard M. Daley's nephew want a judge to force three reporters working for the Chicago Sun-Times to turn over their interview records, saying their investigation may have contaminated key eyewitnesses who will testify at the nephew's upcoming manslaughter trial.
PIRG says 20 playthings carry choking, chemical hazards
The cartoon pencil case and toy cellphone displayed at a news conference Tuesday might look like charming holiday gifts, but a consumer safety watchdog group warned that these and other playthings could pose risks to children.
At least six Illinois companies have a stake in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to consider employers' religious objections that they cover contraception in the health care benefits they provide their workers.
Same-sex couples still must wait more than 6 months for law to take effect
When a federal judge ordered this week that a marriage license be issued to a same-sex Chicago couple, he granted the longtime wish of a terminally ill woman and her partner.
Officer suspended after allegedly sending sexually inappropriate message to 12-year-old, misusing database
A 12-year-old girl got a series of text messages this summer from her mother's boyfriend, Woodstock police Sgt. Charles "Chip" Amati, according to copies of the messages obtained by the Tribune.
Some worry about effect on local merchants
The Chicago Cubs ' owners want to sell beer and wine in their new outdoor plaza connected to Wrigley Field, according to a proposal unveiled Tuesday at a City Council meeting that could increase the Ricketts family's competition with neighboring bars.
Spokesman says ban may be revisited
Rena Church isn't asking to take a slobbering Saint Bernard on a Metra train to Chicago. She simply wants to bring Rula, a 12-pound Chihuahua mix that fits inside a backpack, along for the ride from Aurora to Union Station.
A third of the residents of Gifford, Ill., lost their homes but no one was killed, making this year's Thanksgiving special
— Instead of her usual Thanksgiving routine of waking up at 4 a.m. to start her family's turkey dinner, Samantha Smith is skipping the bird Thursday and plans to make only one dish, which this year will head to her brother's place — her famous sweet potato casserole.
City pension plans could make next year rougher
The City Council on Tuesday voted 45-5 to approve Mayor Rahm Emanuel's $7 billion budget plan, which will boost a host of taxes, fines and fees for 2014 but leaves the politically toxic property, sales and gas taxes at current levels.
Ex-Cook County commissioner ordered to report to prison next week
Former Cook County Commissioner William Beavers will have to report to prison next week after a federal judge denied his bid Tuesday to remain free while appealing his tax conviction.
Proposal would limit city locations and growing operations
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ald. Edward Burke introduced a plan Tuesday to limit where medical marijuana dispensaries and growing operations can set up shop in the city after the drug becomes legal Jan. 1.
No new negotiations set between county, striking workers
Contract talks between Will County officials and union representatives for striking workers ended Monday night without resolution, and no further negotiations are scheduled.
NBA player among those helping out, but going still rocky as grants dry up
An Englewood women's shelter that went without heat for three days in October is on firmer financial footing after donors stepped forward to pay long-overdue bills.