Gay community celebrates state's first civil unions



The state's gay community is celebrating as Illinois started to issue civil union certificates today. More than 100 people lined up at the Daley Center this morning to have their relationships recognized. (Tribune)

Former Mayor Daley is keeping busy, accepting a consulting role with a law firm, Katten Muchin Rosenman. (Tribune)

Were gangs to blame for the Memorial Day closure of North Avenue Beach? (Sun-Times)

The city has canceled the traditional July 3 and 4 fireworks shows, handing the responsibility off to the organization that manages Navy Pier. It will run a 15-minute fireworks show on the Fourth of July. (Sun-Times)

All hell is breaking loose at the state capitol, where Republican sen. Kyle McCarter says he was punched in the chest by Democrat sen. Mike Jacobs following a debate. (Tribune)

Felony Franks, the south side hot dog joint that employs felons and sells the Misdemeanor Wiener among other cased meats, will finally be able to display a sign on its building, reportedly winning a First Amendment case in federal court. Ald. Bob Fioretti, 2nd, had blocked the restaurant’s earlier attempts at getting a sign, saying it promoted a bad message. (Sun-Times)

A&E’s new show Missing Persons follows Chicago police as officers investigate, well, missing persons claims. The show tells us that every 30 minutes, someone goes missing in Chicago. (Sun-Times)

Where might a Chicago casino be located? The Sun-Times identifies four possible locations, including Block 37. (Sun-Times)

In the wake of Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel’s resignation, the Trib’s David Haugh asks if it’s time to start paying some college athletes. (Tribune)

Is your local Wendy’s this gross?

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