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Concealed carry passes in 9 counties

ILLINOIS —  More than two-thirds of voters in nine Illinois counties voted Tuesday to allow resid

ents to carry concealed weapons. Illinois is the last U.S. state to ban carrying concealed weapons. The measures, however, will not enable residents to carry weapons in public, as it is still outlawed in state law. Advocates hope the results will influence future legislation on the matter. With a combined 110,678 votes in the nine counties, more than 68 percent of voters supported the resolution. In Shuyler County, the largest among the counties, backed the proposition with a resounding 80 percent of the vote. (Source: Galesburg Register-Mail)

Voters ease marijuana laws in 2 states

UNITED STATES — Voters in Colorado and Washington State made it legal to smoke marijuana recrationally without prescription or medical excuse. The measures will not take effect until next month — and even longer until state lawmakers write rules and taxcodes to regulate pot distribution. Critics were quick to point out that marijuana is still banned under federal law. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency considers marijuana a Schedule 1 prohibited substance. They have acted vigilantly in both California and Montana, where voters have opted to allow medical marijuana in recent years. Colorado and Washington are among 18 states that permit use of medically prescribed marijuana, but became the first to permit recreational use. The resolution passed with 54 percent support in Colorado and 55 percent in Washington. (Source: The New York Times)

Illinois Dems win 5 tight congress races

ILLINOIS –– Illinois Democrats won five of six hotly contested congressional races Tuesday. The party defeated two tea-party representatives, a seven-term incumbent and snatched a Republican stronghold in suburban Chicago. Democrats won in four newly drawn districts and clung onto to a tight downstate race. Perhaps the most closely watched race was between incumbent Rep. Joe Walsh, a Tea Party member, and Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth. First-term Rep. Bob Dold was defeated by Democrat Brad Schneider in a working-class and historically Republican district north of Chicago. Dold outraised and outspent his opponent. In the 17th District, Cheri Bustos beat out Rep. Bobby Schilling, a pizzeria owner.(Source: Associated Press)

Anti-Islam filmmaker: 1 year in jail

LOS ANGELES – A federal judge Wednesday sentenced the filmmaker behind the anti-Islam video “Innocence of Muslims” to one year in prison for violating parole. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, also known as Mark Basseley, pleaded guilty to four charges of violating his parole stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction. The conviction was due to his maintenance of dual identities. The film depicted the Prophet Muhammad as a murderous tribal leader. It sparked violent protests. Nakoula was arrested in September and has since been held without bond. Several religious leaders have offered bounties on his life.  (Washington Post).


TKS Staff

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