Vernita Gray (left) and her partner Patricia Ewert had a civil union in Chicago's Millennium Park in June 2011. A judge ruled Monday that they should be allowed to legally marry now because of Gray's health. Timmy Samuel/Lambda Legal hide caption

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Nathaniel Iovinelli (left) and Ted Daisher join other supporters of same-sex marriage at a rally in Chicago to celebrate the Illinois General Assembly's passing of the gay marriage bill on Nov. 7. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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The recent cuts in federal food benefits may be felt most in rural areas and the grocery stores that serve them. USDA hide caption

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A firefighter searches through debris in Washington, Ill., on Sunday. Tornadoes and severe weather roared through the area earlier in the day. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images hide caption

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Once almost gone from Illinois, river otters are now back in big numbers. Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources hide caption

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Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh and challenger Democrat Tammy Duckworth before a televised debate at the WTTW studios on Oct. 18, 2012, in Chicago. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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Mitt Romney talks with students March 19, 2012 at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Peoria, Ill., as seen from across the Illinois River. Jeff Haynes/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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