Illinois Lawmakers Unlikely To Advance Marriage Equality This Year

The chief sponsor of a marriage equality bill in Illinois doesn’t believe the state is ready to pass the measure and told the Chicago-Sun Times over the weekend that the legislation is unlikely to this year. “I never say never,” State Rep. Greg Harris (D) said. “[But] I don’t think there will be a push before the end of this session.” The state currently offers civil unions, but a recent study from the Williams Institute found that marriage equality could add between $39 and $72 million to the state economy over three years, and generate between $4.5 and $8 million in tax revenue.