civil unions http://news.stlpublicradio.org en As Illinois Rolls Out Gay Marriage, Edwardsville Couple To Take Advantage http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-rolls-out-gay-marriage-edwardsville-couple-take-advantage <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Same sex couples in Illinois will be lining up to receive marriage licenses Monday after gay marriage officially became legal across the state Sunday. &nbsp;</span></p><p>The marriage equality bill that passed in 2013 went into effect June 1, although a judge’s ruling prompted a handful of counties to issue marriage licenses earlier than that.</p> Sun, 01 Jun 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 36634 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org As Illinois Rolls Out Gay Marriage, Edwardsville Couple To Take Advantage Morning headlines: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-november-29-2011 <p><strong>Smoking opponents are back to the drawing board in St. Charles County</strong></p> Tue, 29 Nov 2011 15:32:12 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 2563 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 Catholic Charities withdraws civil unions lawsuit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/catholic-charities-withdraws-civil-unions-lawsuit <p>Catholic Charities says it&#39;s withdrawing from a legal battle over Illinois&#39; civil unions law and no longer is providing state-funded services.</p><p>The move ends the group&#39;s long history in Illinois of providing foster care and adoptions.</p><p>Diocese officials in Joliet, Springfield and Belleville say Monday&#39;s decision was reached with reluctance. The Catholic Diocese of Peoria <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/peoria-diocese-quits-court-fight-over-civil-unions">withdrew last month</a>.</p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 23:48:28 +0000 The Associated Press 2469 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Catholic Charities withdraws civil unions lawsuit Judge refuses to reconsider decision on Catholic Charities adoption, foster care issue http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/judge-refuses-reconsider-decision-catholic-charities-adoption-foster-care-issue <p><em>Reporting from Illinois Public Radio&#39;s Sean Crawford used in this report.</em></p><p>A judge has denied Catholic Charities&#39; request to keep doing adoption and foster care placements for the State of Illinois.</p><p>Sangamon County Judge John Schmidt, who <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-judge-rules-against-catholics-foster-care">earlier had ruled</a> Catholic Charities had no legal expectation to keep state contracts its had for decades, refused to reconsider that decision.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 22:21:35 +0000 Illinois Public Radio 2123 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Judge refuses to reconsider decision on Catholic Charities adoption, foster care issue Hearing on hold in dispute over Catholic adoptions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/hearing-hold-dispute-over-catholic-adoptions <p>Catholic Charities is delaying<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/catholic-charities-appeal-foster-care-ruling"> its plan to ask a judge to reconsider or stay his ruling</a> that Illinois officials may cut off the nonprofit&#39;s state contracts for adoptions and foster care placements.</p><p>A hearing had been scheduled Friday in Springfield on Catholic Charities&#39; quest to have a Sangamon County judge rethink or hold off enforcing <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-judge-rules-against-catholics-foster-care">his recent ruling that favored the state</a>.</p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 16:40:06 +0000 The Associated Press 2020 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Hearing on hold in dispute over Catholic adoptions Catholic Charities to appeal foster-care ruling http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/catholic-charities-appeal-foster-care-ruling <p>An attorney for Catholic Charities says the not-for-profit agency will appeal <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-judge-rules-against-catholics-foster-care">a judge&#39;s ruling</a> that the state of Illinois can stop working with the group on adoptions and foster-care placements.</p> Mon, 29 Aug 2011 20:09:36 +0000 The Associated Press 1956 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Catholic Charities to appeal foster-care ruling Ill. judge rules against Catholics on foster care http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-judge-rules-against-catholics-foster-care <p>A central Illinois judge has ruled that Catholic Charities does not have a right to state contracts for adoptions and foster care placements and Illinois officials may cut them off.</p><p>The state Department of Children and Family Services ended $30 million in contracts with Catholic Charities in July because the not-for-profit won&#39;t work with unmarried couples in placing children in adoptive and foster homes. Illinois authorities say that violates the state&#39;s civil union law.</p> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 20:18:58 +0000 The Associated Press 1898 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. judge rules against Catholics on foster care S. Ill. Catholic organization wants to join foster care suit http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/s-ill-catholic-organization-wants-join-foster-care-suit <p>Catholic Social Services of Southern Illinois is asking to join a lawsuit against the state over foster placements to gay couples.</p><p>The organization is affiliated with the Belleville diocese.</p><p>The Department of Children and Family Services ended its foster-care and adoption services with Catholic Charities July 1 because it says the group discriminates by not allowing gay couples to take kids.</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 23:05:04 +0000 The Associated Press 1742 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org S. Ill. Catholic organization wants to join foster care suit Ill. must refer foster kids to Catholic agency http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-must-refer-foster-kids-catholic-agency <p>A judge has confirmed that Illinois must temporarily continue referring foster children to Catholic Charities, <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-defends-civil-unions-law-adoption-dispute">despite the group&#39;s policy on gay couples</a>.</p><p>The Department of Children and Family Services had taken the position it could maintain current cases but did not have to send new children to the not-for-profit group. Both sides agreed Monday that new cases will be referred.</p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:06:45 +0000 The Associated Press 1669 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. must refer foster kids to Catholic agency Quinn defends civil unions law in adoption dispute http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/quinn-defends-civil-unions-law-adoption-dispute <p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is defending the state&#39;s <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-major-winter-storm-ed-martin-enters-senate-race-civil-unions-legal-ill">new civil unions law</a> in <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/catholic-group-sues-state-ill-over-foster-care-adoptions-involving-civil-unions">a dispute over adoptions with Catholic Charities.</a></p><p>State officials say they won&#39;t renew foster care and adoption contracts with the group that has received state money for placing children.</p> Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:57:31 +0000 The Associated Press 1620 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Quinn defends civil unions law in adoption dispute