SB1716 passed both the IL House & Senate yesterday legalizing Civil Unions within the state. The Gov. is expected to sign it.
My only problem w/ this is that politicians should be focusing exclusively on the train wreck they call a budget but are instead throwing out contentious issues to try and distract from the fact that they are unable to fix the mess they created.
And it's working. The religious right are crapping themselves over condemning this as the end of the world putting what should be a non-issue in the 21st Century at the forefront.