July 21, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation Sunday that will allow adults and children suffering from seizures access to medical marijuana. The bill amends the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act to allow children, with parental consent, to access medical marijuana for the same range of ...[read more]
November 21, 2013
by Lauren Laing
Illinois on Wednesday became the sixteenth US state to legalize same-sex marriage when Governor Pat Quinn signed the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act (Act). Although the Act allows same-sex couples to marry, it allows religious organizations to refuse to celebrate or solemnize ...[read more]
August 19, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Sunday signed a gun safety bill that will require background checks for all gun purchases in the state as well as the reporting of all lost and stolen guns. The new law expands the state's previous background check requirements, which covered gun purchases from ...[read more]
August 2, 2013
by G. Redd
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Thursday signed House Bill 1 into law, making Illinois the twenty-first state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act is one of the strictest laws to do so, requiring users of the drug to carry an identification ...[read more]
July 28, 2013
by Endia Vereen
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill on Saturday making Illinois the eighteenth state to allow online voter registration. The bill, which is set to take effect in July of next year, will allow anyone with a valid driver's license or state identification card to register to vote online. It is ...[read more]
January 28, 2013
by Alison Sacriponte
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill on Sunday that will permit immigrants in the country illegally to obtain temporary driver's licenses if they can provide proof of one-year state residence and an unexpired passport from their country of citizenship or a valid unexpired consular ...[read more]
August 3, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Tuesday proposed legislation to ban assault weapons in the state. Quinn exercised his amendatory veto power under Article IV, Section IX of the Illinois Constitution on a bill regulating ammunition to add language banning AK-47's, AR-15's and TEC-9's. Like most gun ...[read more]
June 22, 2012
by Jamie Reese
Presiding judge of the Cook County Chancery Division, Moshe Jacobius, agreed Thursday to combine two lawsuits that claim the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The two suits were filed at the end of May against Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Cook County Clerk David Orr, who ...[read more]
May 30, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
Twenty-five gay and lesbian couples filed two lawsuits on Wednesday against Illinois Governor Pat Quinn challenging the constitutionality of the state's same-sex marriage ban. The lawsuits are supported by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois (ACLUI) and gay rights group Lambda Legal. ...[read more]
March 9, 2012
by Cody Harding
On March 9, 2011, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed Senate Bill 3539 into law, which abolished the death penalty in Illinois. The bill passed the Illinois House in January 2011 by a vote of 60-54. The Senate also approved the bill in January. The bill did not go into effect until July 1, 2011 but ...[read more]

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