• ACLU hires former GOP chair for gay marriage lobby

    by  • August 27, 2013

    CHICAGO (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has hired a consulting firm started by the Illinois Republican Party’s former chairman to help with efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. Pat Brady left his GOP post earlier this year after he said he supported gay marriage. He later started what he describes as...

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    Ill. funeral home keeping cremains until debt paid

    by  • August 27, 2013

    SPARTA (AP) — A southern Illinois funeral home is defending its decision to hold onto the cremains of two people who died last year until their survivors pay the outstanding funeral expenses and related interest. The Belleville News-Democrat reports McDaniel and Lee Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Sparta isn’t saying how much...

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    IDOC early release parolee charged with murder

    by  • August 27, 2013

    SPRINGFIELD (AP) The suspect in the recent fatal shooting of a Decatur man was released from an Illinois prison five months early as part of a revamped out-for-good-behavior prisons program, according to records reviewed by The Associated Press. Joshua A. Jones served 19 months of a four-year sentence for drug-dealing and left the state...

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