Civil unions in Illinois
On Jan. 31, 2011, Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Senate Bill 1716, legislation allowing civil unions. At the time, Illinois was the sixth state to allow civil unions or their equivalent. The bill went into effect June 1, 2011.
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Petals of joy
José "Pepe" Pena, left, and Arthur Johnston, a couple for 38 years, celebrate after being joined in a civil union in Wrigley Square at Millennium Park.