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Push for Marriage Equality in Illinois Continues in Illinois Legislature

By Nottage and Ward on February 7, 2013

Democratic Illinois legislators have begun a legislative drive to make same-sex marriage legal in the state. As reported by Reuters and published in The Chicago Tribune, an Illinois State Senate committee has approved a measure to make same-sex marriage legal. The vote count was the following:

  • Nine in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage
  • Five opposed

Republicans opposed the measure while Democrats voted in favor of making marriage between same sex couples legal. This vote paves the way for a possible vote in the Senate upper chamber during the week of February 11th, 2013.

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Cook County Sheriff’s Central Warrants Unit Offers Data Search Page to Public

By Nottage and Ward on January 15, 2013

Both parents should want the best for their children after a divorce. Unfortunately the truth is that hundreds of Cook County parents fail to pay court-ordered child support. The Cook County Sherriff’s office has created a website where the public can gain access to publicly available information regarding those individuals for whom child support warrants have been issued. At, the persons listed on the database have, or have had in the past, warrants for their arrests in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Purpose of Public Access

The purpose of allowing citizens access to this database, including subjects who have outstanding child support warrants, is to make Cook County residents aware of persons considered wanted within the community. The website serves as a way for citizens to provide information that might lead to knowledge of the offenders’ whereabouts.

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