Gay marriage has been something that has been approved in other states but not around the Midwest.
That could change as Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he hopes a bill allowing gay marriage in Illinois moves through the General Assembly next month.
Jan. 2 is the start for what is known at the “lame duck” session before law makers that were elected in November are sworn in on January 9th.
During this session lawmakers could consider a bill allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses and a pension overhaul.
Quinn said Monday that lawmakers should study the issue carefully. He signed a bill last year legalizing civil unions, but 25 gay couples are suing over the state's gay-marriage ban.