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2014 in Illinois

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Events in the year 2014 in the US state of Illinois.


  • Governor: Pat Quinn (Democratic)
  • Lieutenant Governor: Sheila Simon (Democratic)
  • Attorney General: Lisa Madigan (D–Chicago)
  • Speaker of the House: Michael Madigan (D–Chicago)
  • President of the Illinois Senate: John Cullerton (D–Chicago)
  • General Assembly: 98th




  • February 21 – Cook County announces that they will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, becoming the first to do so before the law comes into full effect.
  • February 26 – Champaign County announces that they will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
  • February 27 – Grundy County announces that they will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.


  • March 5 – Cass and St. Clair counties announces that they will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
  • March 10 – Macon County announces that they will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
  • March 12 – Jackson County announces that they will begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
  • March 18 – The Illinois gubernatorial primaries take place.[1]
    • Pat Quinn, the incumbent, wins the Democratic primary with 71.9% of the vote.
    • Bruce Rauner wins the Republican primary with 40.1% of the vote.
  • March 21 – The Supreme Court of Illinois strikes down the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, which makes it a felony to record individuals without their express permission.[2]
  • March 24
    • A train derailment of the CTA Blue Line occurs at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, leaving 32 people injured.[3]
    • An East Moline child is injured when it is discovered that playground equipment has been severely booby trapped with razor blades.[4]
    • McLean County begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.[5]


  • April 1
    • Caterpillar Inc. is asked before a congressional panel in Washington, DC regarding possible tax evasion.[6]
    • The City of Decatur is awarded a $500,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Development and the Illinois Department of Transportation with the stated goal to study freight traffic patterns on the northeast side of the city.[7]
  • April 2
    • A TSA employee saves a woman who fell onto the tracks of an oncoming CTA traincar.[8]
    • President Obama visits Chicago to attend a fundraising event.[9]
  • April 3
    • Bond rating agency Moody's downgrades the City of Rockford's bond category from Aa3 to A1.[10]
    • A fire occurs at Six Flags Great America theme park in Gurnee, causing $32,000 in damage.[11]
  • April 9 – Cook County passes a Puppy Mill law that would restrict the number of dogs, cats, and rabbits that breeders can raise.[12]
  • April 10 – IKEA announces that it will be buying a 98-megawatt wind-energy project in eastern Illinois.[13]
  • April 16 – A Chicago restaurant unveils a $100 Grilled Cheese Sandwich.[14]
  • April 19 – The Illinois Republican Party ousts six committee members, all of whom persistently supported removing state party chairman Pat Brady from his position after he publicly endorsed same-sex marriage in the state.[15][16]
  • April 23 – Wrigley Field's 100 Anniversary.
  • April 26 – A gas leak explosion destroys a home in Long Grove.[17]


  • September 26 – Arson at an air traffic control edifice in Aurora, Illinois (also known as the "Chicago Center") caused close to 2000 airline flights to be grounded[18]

Predicted and scheduled events[edit]


  • April 25 – Northwestern University's football team will vote on unionizing.[19]


  • July 1 – Unless sustainable funding can be found, the Illinois Poison Center in Springfield will close.[20]


  • November 4 – Election Day


  1. "2014 Illinois Governor Primaries Results". POLITICO. 2014-03-19. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  2. "Illinois Supreme Court strikes down eavesdropping law". CINEWSNow.com (WEEK-TV). 2014-03-21. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  3. "Train Derailment at O'Hare Leaves 32 Injured". NBC Chicago (WMAQ-TV). 2014-03-24. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  4. "Razor blade scare spurs more cities to do inspections". Quad-City Times. 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  5. "McLean County to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses". WJBC-AM. 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  6. "Caterpillar grilled on Capitol Hill". CINewsNow (WEEK-TV). 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  7. "Decatur gets up to $500,000 for transportation study". WAND-TV. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  8. "TSA Worker Who Helped Save Woman From Train: 'I'm Kind Of Embarrassed'". CBS Chicago (WBBM-TV). 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2014-04-04.
  9. "Traffic Alert: Obama Visits Chicago Wednesday". NBC Chicago (WMAQ-TV). 2014-04-02. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  10. "Moody's downgrades City of Rockford's bond rating". WREX-TV. 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  11. "Fire Damages Building at Six Flags Great America". NBC Chicago (WMAQ-TV). 2014-04-03. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
  12. "Cook County Passes Puppy Mill Law". NBC Chicago. 2014-04-09. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  13. By (2014-04-10). "IKEA Buying Illinois Wind-Energy Project". NBC Chicago. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  14. "Chicago Restaurant Debuts $100 Grilled Cheese Sandwich". NBC Chicago. 2014-04-11. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  15. "Illinois GOP officials who wanted Brady out replaced - News - Journal Star - Peoria, IL". Pjstar.com. 2014-04-19. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  16. Sara Bondioli. "Illinois GOP Ousts Officials Who Opposed Former Chairman's Support Of Same-Sex Marriage". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  17. "Suburban Chicago Explosion Levels One Home, Damages Dozens Others". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  18. "Contract Employee Charged in Fire That Grounded Chicago Flights". Abcnews.go.com. 2014-09-26. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  19. "Northwestern football players to vote on union this month". Chicagotribune.com. 2014-04-02. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  20. "Illinois Poison Center to close - WREX.com – Rockford's News Leader". Wrex.com. 2014-04-08. Retrieved 2016-05-19.

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