Stateline Midwest

Illinois became the first state in the Midwest with a civil-union law for same-sex couples as the result of a bill (SB 1716) passed during the legislature’s fall veto session.

Tax incentives to attract the filmmaking industry are expected to receive close scrutiny in 2011 by legislatures and newly elected governors in at least three Midwestern states.

The practice of “robo-signing” by banks and other loan servicers in the mortgage foreclosure process has resulted in new legislation in Illinois and a first-of-its-kind lawsuit in Ohio.

Demand for raw, unpasteurized milk is on the rise - and policymakers in the Midwest are debating the potential benefits and risks of allowing farmers to sell the product.


The December 2010 Question of the Month takes a look at how Midwestern states handle election recounts.