CHICAGO (AP) - A Cook County judge is hearing arguments on whether to dismiss a case challenging Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage.
The lawsuit being heard Tuesday before Circuit Judge Sophia Hall involves 25 couples who filed for marriage licenses in Cook County and were denied.
However, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has refused to defend the state's ban, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman. She says it violates the state constitution's equal protection clause. Attorney General Lisa Madigan has argued against the ban because the case brings the constitutionality of state laws into question.
Clerks from downstate were allowed to intervene and defend the ban.
Illinois approved civil unions in 2011, but attempts to legalize gay marriage have stalled.
Police say they have a captured a suspect in a Creve Couer bank robbery.
The robbery happened on Olive Boulevard. The man implied he had a weapon and left with the cash. Witnesses at the bank were able to provide a description of the suspect's car--that helped police capture the man.
The suspect has not been identified pending charges.
Student leaders and over a hundred mentors spent time transitioning Normandy students to the Francis Howell School District.
475 Normandy students made the leap to the accredited district. The number breaks down to 168 elementary school students, 164, middle school students, and 143 high schoolers. The kids spent the day getting tours of the schools, participating in team-building activities, and locating their lockers.
The first day of school is Thursday.
CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says a lawsuit over his decision to suspend lawmaker pay for failing to act on the state pension crisis will be a "landmark" case.
Quinn attended a court hearing Tuesday involving a lawsuit filed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton to force Quinn and Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka to issue paychecks.
A Cook County Circuit Court judge set oral arguments for Sept. 18.
Last month, Quinn cut $13.8 million for legislators' pay from the state budget after threatening consequences if they didn't act on pensions.
The lawsuit asks the court to decide if Quinn's line-item veto fully eliminated lawmakers' salaries. If the court upholds Quinn's amendatory veto, plaintiffs want the court to declare Quinn's action unconstitutional.
Quinn says his move is constitutional.