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Illinois high court affirms stepparent rights in civil unions Illinois high court affirms stepparent rights in civil unions

Illinois high court affirms stepparent rights in civil unions

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that parents involved in civil unions have the same stepparenting rights as married individuals and that those rights continue even after the death of their spouse.

Ex-Gov. George Ryan reflects on historic decision (WITH PODCAST) Ex-Gov. George Ryan reflects on historic decision (WITH PODCAST)

Ex-Gov. George Ryan reflects on historic decision (WITH PODCAST)

Most soon-to-be former governors, on their way out of office, keep a low profile as they prepare to pass the torch on to their successor. But that wasn’t the case with George Ryan. On Jan. 11, 2003, just two days before his term expired, Ryan made national and international news by commuting the sentences of all 167 inmates on Illinois’ death row.

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