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Marriage in Illinois: The Urgency of Now

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State Rep. Ken Dunkin hosted a benefit for his re-election campaign Oct. 10. He is the chief co-sponsor of the marriage equality bill. He's pictured here with fellow reps at the event, from left: Dunkin, Christian Mitchell (South Side), Greg Harris (North Side, chief sponsor) and Derrick Smith (West Side). Photo by Tracy Baim


While the Illinois

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  • Written by The Chicago Defender
  • Category: Chicago

Furloughed Workers Pinching Pennies, Volunteering

     

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    They're experienced research engineers and park rangers still in college, attorneys who enforce environmental regulations and former soldiers who took civilian jobs with the military after coming home from war.

     

    And all of them have one thing in common: They were sent home on unpaid furlough last week after a political standoff between the

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Dennis Kimetto Breaks Course Record To Win 2013 Chicago Marathon, Rita Jeptoo Wins Women's Race (PHOTOS)

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    CHICAGO -- CHICAGO (AP) — Dennis Kimetto of Kenya broke the course record Sunday in capturing the Chicago Marathon, and compatriot Rita Jeptoo was the women's winner in the first major marathon in the United States since the Boston bombings.

    Kimetto finished in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 45 seconds, leading a 1-2-3 finish for Kenyan men. He beat the mark

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Chicago Marathon Security Will Be Tight, Police Promise

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    CHICAGO -- CHICAGO (AP) — Fences are going up, streets are closing down and trim athletes are flying in from around the world ahead of Sunday's Chicago Marathon. But behind the scenes, police are preparing for what will be the most closely monitored race — the largest marathon in the U.S. since the Boston bombings — in the city's history.

    Police

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago