CHICAGO (AP) - Opponents and supporters of same-sex marriage are gearing up for another push in the Illinois Legislature.
Supporters are planning a march and rally in Springfield on Tuesday, the first day of the Legislature's fall session. Gov. Pat Quinn and other lawmakers who support legislation legalizing same-sex marriage are expected to participate.
Opponents have scheduled a prayer rally at the Capitol on Wednesday. A group of African American clergy who oppose the measure also recorded radio ads in which they urge listeners to call lawmakers and tell them to vote no.
The Illinois Senate approved the legislation in February. The spring session ended without a House vote, after the bill's sponsor said he didn't have the support to pass it.
It's unclear if a vote will occur during the fall session.
Drivers are encouraged to avoid a section of Mid Rivers Mall Drive starting tonight.
MoDOT is shutting down the Mid Rivers Mall Drive Bridge over Interstate 70. One lane in each direction on the bridge will close at 7 p.m. Then at 11 p.m., crews will close the entire bridge for paving work.
The bridge should reopen Wednesday evening.
A couple of Missouri Tigers are collecting awards after an impressive win.
Quarterback Maty Mauk was named the SEC Freshman Player of the Week and Michael Sam won Defensive Player of the Week, after the Tigers beat the Florida Gators 36-17. Mauk filled in for the injured James Franklin and threw for 295 and a score. Michael Sam recorded three sacks against the Gators, bring his season total to 9--the second most in the nation.
The undefeated #5 Mizzou Tigers face SEC rival South Carolina on Saturday.