It took 30 years for it (the Legislature) to pass something as simple as protecting people on the basis of sexual orientation. On one hand, the Illinois General Assembly should be commended for recognizing all Illinoisans should be treated the same. But on the other hand, what the hell took so long?

Minister Farrakhan may be softening his harshness toward Jews and gays. The proof is in the pudding. If I'm sitting there and there's a tirade against Jews or against gays or against Mexicans or against anybody, then I'll have a completely different opinion.

I think there was also a genuine change of heart, because then he started to know gay folk, and he changed. He genuinely changed.

No matter what he does, he's going to tick somebody off. It's completely a no-win situation.

I know that he has said things in the past that have been offensive to some groups of people - gays, in particular to Jews. But I think that the invitation from the Nation of Islam to Jews and to gays may be a step in the right direction. I took it as such.

Illinois is not a trendsetter, but it's not a right-winger. We're not Massachusetts or California, but we're certainly not Alabama or Tennessee. ... Illinoisans are reasonable people. We are cautious, but we want to do the right thing.

The key was them making their free throws (14-for-18). We've been consistent all year, but tonight we were having trouble finding the basket.