The Chicago Tribune
March 15, 2013

A day after Speaker Michael Madigan pronounced the gay marriage bill 12 votes short, a group pushing the issue tried to recapture momentum by announcing support from seven Illinois Democratic congressmen --- even though they don’t get to vote in Springfield. The letter, written to members of the Illinois General Assembly by North Side and west suburban U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley, a Chicago Democrat, was the latest move by same-sex marriage supporters to try to step up pressure for a vote on the bill.