This is very good news:

The prospects of a civil unions bill becoming law in Illinois are brighter Thursday with the reelection of Governor Pat Quinn.

The Associated Press gave the race to Quinn on Thursday afternoon, but Republican rival Senator Bill Brady has yet to concede. Brady believes he can still overcome Quinn’s 19,500 lead from remaining absentee ballots. But an analysis by the AP shows the feat does not appear to be statistically possible.

Quinn’s win is meaningful for Illinois’ gay and lesbian community, which is counting on the governor to support a civil unions bill.

In a response to a Daily Herald editorial endorsement interview, Quinn said he was looking forward to signing the bill before Christmas.

“The votes are there, I believe. In the Senate for sure, and definitely I think we can do it in the House.”

“I think we can pass it this year,” he added. “I would like to see it voted on earlier.”

The march of equality will move on. It’s going to continue to be in fits and starts in some places, but it’s good to see that in Illinois at least, it’s still moving.