Community / International / National / News / November 6, 2013

Briefs: Illinois to legalize gay marriage

City modifies laws on animal control

GALESBURG — Amendments seeking to change local animal control ordinances were proposed at this week’s city council meeting. Among the changes would be a modification of the process required to declare an animal dangerous or vicious, which was prompted after the deadly mauling of a seven-year-old boy by a dog earlier this year. Another proposed change would allow dogs to be unleashed upon their owner’s property under competent supervision and for the maximum allowable leash length to be increased from six to eight feet. The amendments have all been packaged together into a single bill, which has yet to be voted on. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)

 Illinois close to OK’ing gay marriage

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois General Assembly approved a bill that would legally recognize marriage equality in the state in a tight vote. The bill garnered 61 votes in the House, barely over the 60 required to move it to the Senate, which also approved it. Supporters said that the bill erases the currently unequal status that homosexuals have under current laws, which only allow such couples to enter into civil unions. Opponents said that bill ignores those in the state who believe for religious reasons that marriage is only between a man and a woman. Galesburg’s State Rep. Don Moffitt (R-Gilson) voted against the measure, The Register-Mail reported. The bill still needs the approval of Governor Pat Quinn before it becomes law. Quinn has indicated that he will sign the legislation. (Source: The Chicago Tribune)

 Nazi art cache uncovered in Germany

MUNICH — German authorities revealed the existence of a major discovery of artwork seized by the Nazis, including lost works by Matisse and Picasso. The art was found in the apartment of an elderly man in Munich whose father was once employed by the Nazis to rid German museums of “degenerate” art. The haul includes some 1,400 pieces in total and was found during a tax evasion probe. The exact ownership of many of the artworks is unclear and authorities have so far refused to offer a complete catalog of the works or give an estimate of the total value of the find. The apartment was initially raided last year, but the details were only made public this week because of the ongoing investigation which they were found during the course of.  (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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