Lorie Smith, a Christian graphic artist and website designer in Colorado, right, accompanied by her lawyer, Kristen Waggoner of the Alliance Defending Freedom, second from left, speaks outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, after her case was heard before the Supreme Court. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik, File)

The court ruled 6-3 for designer Lorie Smith despite a Colorado law that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, gender and other characteristics. Smith had argued that the law violates her free speech rights.

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., leads a hearing on the future of abortion rights following the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, at the Capitol in Washington, July 14, 2022. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Tuesday’s election-year roll call, 267-157, was partly political strategy, forcing all House members, Republicans and Democrats, to go on the record with their views. It also reflected the legislative branch pushing back against an aggressive court.

Joel Weisman and his panel discuss Dominick’s exit from Chicago, and the roughly 5,600 employees about to get pink slips. Many of the Dominick’s stores anchor entire shopping centers. What impact will the vacancies have? And what effect will the gay marriage bill have on the next Republican primaries? Watch the web extra conversation.

The Illinois General Assembly will tackle pension reform, marriage equality and tax credits for businesses during its fall legislative session. Carol Marin takes a look at the issues with members of the General Assembly.

Venture capitalist Bruce Rauner says he'll fix a broken Springfield in an ad announcing his run for governor. Rauner joins us to discuss his bid.

Illinois legislators from both sides of the aisle, and both houses, weigh in on what was and was not accomplished during the spring legislative session.

With only one day left to the legislative session, lawmakers in Springfield are still deciding what to do on critical issues – like pensions, gay marriage, gambling and concealed carry. Carol Marin reports from the capitol on this last-minute frenzy.


With two days left in the legislative session in Springfield, there's a flurry of work to be done on the budget, pension reform, guns and gay marriage. Chicago Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney joins us with the latest news.

The Illinois Senate approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage—bringing it one step closer to becoming law. The bill passed the Senate in a 34-21-2 vote, but now faces a tougher vote as it moves to the Illinois House of Representatives. See how Senate members voted in our interactive graphic.

Another failed pension deal, increased gambling, and gay marriage. Gov. Pat Quinn goes one-on-one with Carol Marin.

Chick-fil-A Controversy

We asked for your thoughts about Ald. Proco Joe Moreno keeping Chick-fil-A out of his ward in support of gay marriage. We read what some of you had to say in Viewer Mail.

A Chicago alderman opposes Chick-fil-A's plans to build a restaurant in Logan Square. Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st) joins us to tell us why.

The issue of gay marriage in Illinois is heading to court. Two lawsuits filed Wednesday on behalf of same sex couples say they are being denied their constitutional rights. We hear why the suits are coming now.

President Obama's Support of Gay Marriage

We asked what you thought about President Obama coming out in support of gay marriage. We read what some of you had to say in tonight's Viewer Mail.

One day after President Obama's public support of gay marriage, we assess the political landscape and look at how the issue may affect the November elections.

A historic pivot from President Barack Obama as he comes out in support of gay marriage. We talk with the local author of the book, Obama and the Gays, about what it all means.