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  • Illinois Rep. Greg Harris, a Chicago Democrat, speaks with reporters on the House floor during veto session at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Emboldened by recent victories at the polls and what they see as rapidly shifting attitudes in favor of gay rights, supporters say Illinois is ready to become the next state to allow same-sex marriage -- though they acknowledge getting a bill passed isn't a done deal and won't be easy, even with Democratic majorities in Springfield.

      Illinois Rep. Greg Harris, a Chicago Democrat, speaks with reporters on the House floor during veto session at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Emboldened by recent victories at the polls and what they see as rapidly shifting attitudes in favor of gay rights, supporters say Illinois is ready to become the next state to allow same-sex marriage -- though they acknowledge getting a bill passed isn't a done deal and won't be easy, even with Democratic majorities in Springfield.
    Associated Press/November 2012

 
 

State Senate may debate same-sex marriage today

After false starts a month ago, the Illinois Senate could debate giving same-sex couples the right to marry today. A Cook County judge denied a request earlier this week to delay action on a lawsuit seeking to overturn Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage. Full story.

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Police: Warren teacher caught smoking pot at Antioch High

A Warren Township High School special education teacher was found smoking cannabis under the bleachers at a high school wrestling tournament Saturday, according to officials. An off-duty officer found Peter Mulloy, 50, of the 21000 block of Michelle Lane in Antioch, smoking cannabis in the gymnasium of Antioch High School, where an IHSA sectional wrestling tournament was being held, police said. Full story.

American Airlines, US Airways agree to merge

American Airlines and US Airways will merge and create the world's biggest airline. The boards of both companies approved the deal late Wednesday, according to four people close to the situation. The companies had agreed that AMR creditors would own 72 percent of the new carrier and that US Airways stockholders would get 28 percent, people familiar with the matter have said. Full story.

Grand Victoria OK with video gambling in Elgin

Much to the surprise -- and relief -- of Elgin's video gambling supporters, Grand Victoria Casino officials said Wednesday that they won't stand in the way of bringing the practice to town. Grand Victoria officials don't want local businesses to suffer, casino general manager Jim Thomason said during a city council committee of the whole meeting. Full story.

Naperville Township residents to pay less in taxes next year

Naperville Township taxpayers can expect to pay about $23 less in township property taxes next year thanks to recent action by the board. Trustees on Tuesday approved a plan to reduce the township's reserve fund and abate $500,000 in property taxes. Full story.

Palatine restaurant likely to stay open despite drug sale

Although Palatine police say the owner's son dealt cocaine on restaurant premises, a deal announced Wednesday likely will allow La Presa, 319 N. Rohlwing Road, to stay open because of its otherwise clean record. The restaurant's business license will likely be suspended, probably for a couple of weeks. Full story.

Ex-Carol Stream mayor upset over sign name change

Ross Ferraro, the longest-serving village president in Carol Stream history, says he's upset and disappointed about plans to remove his name from signs at the Town Center he helped create. Initial sketches from an architect to redesign two signs on the 22-acre property at the corner of Gary Avenue and Lies Road propose removing Ferraro's name. Full story.

Antioch passes one-day contract for embattled rescue squad

The Antioch Rescue Squad should not expect another rubber stamped 90-contract when they go before the village board Monday, officials warned Wednesday. Trustees Scott Pierce and Dennis Crosby said they would not pass another 90-day contract unless some major changes are made at the embattled rescue squad. Full story.

Weather

Cloudy but warm to start the day with a high of 38 degrees as you head out the door. Temperatures will rise to 42 degrees later, before dropping back this afternoon and some snow begins to fall. Temperatures will drop to 24 degrees overnight. Full story.

Traffic

Construction continues on Winn Road over Nippersink Creek in Spring Grove. People should find alternate routes. More traffic from ABC Chicago.

Bulls lose to Celtics

The Boston Celtics overcame poor shooting Wednesday to beat the Bulls 71-69. The Celtics shot 36.8 percent but still had the advantage over the Bulls, who made just 36.5 percent of their shots. Full story.

Blackhawks' Kane off to red-hot start

Patrick Kane has no explanation for being off to the best start of his career. With another assist in Tuesday's shootout loss to the Ducks, Kane has at least 1 point in 12 of the Blackhawks' 13 games and 20 for the season. "When success comes you just want to keep improving and getting better," Kane said. "I'm just trying to become the best player I can." Full story.

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