The state’s gay community is celebrating as Illinois started to issue civil union certificates today. More than 100 people lined up at the Daley Center this morning to have their relationships recognized. (Tribune)

Former Mayor Daley is keeping busy, accepting a consulting role with a law firm, Katten Muchin Rosenman. (Tribune)

Were gangs to blame for the Memorial Day closure of North Avenue Beach? (Sun-Times)

The city has canceled the traditional July 3 and 4 fireworks shows, handing the responsibility off to the organization that manages Navy Pier. It will run a 15-minute fireworks show on the Fourth of July. (Sun-Times)