"Civil union" means a legal relationship between 2 persons,
of either the same or opposite sex, established pursuant to
This bill was introduced in Feb 2009 and passed the house in Nov 2010 by a 61-52 margin. It passed the senate on 1 December 2010 by 32-24
It was signed into law by governor Pat Quinn and took effect on 1 June 2011.
It entitles same sex couples to 650 rights afforded to heterosexual couples.