A couple new year verification's......


Concealed weapons

Most adults will be able to carry concealed weapons without needing a permit. The law, passed by the Republican-led Legislature this year despite a veto by outgoing Gov. Jay Nixon, would also expand the state's "castle doctrine," which permits homeowners to use deadly force against intruders. The revised law will allow invited guests, such as babysitters, to use lethal force.

The measure also would create a "stand-your-ground" right, meaning people no longer would need to retreat from danger before shooting in any place they are legally entitled to be present.

Marijuana -


"It will eliminate the possibility of a jail sentence on the first offense for possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana," said Dan Viets, a local attorney focused on defense of marijuana cases and a long-time advocate for reforming marijuana laws.

This revision allows small amounts of marijuana to be considered class D misdemeanors, which carry a maximum fine of $500.

"If you get a conviction, it will still be a criminal conviction, so it’s not decriminalization properly understood," Viets said.

Repeat offenses will remain class A misdemeanors, which carry a maximum penalty of a $2,000 fine and up to a year in jail.

Before the change, mere possession of 35 grams (1╝ ounces) or less of marijuana was punishable by a year in jail and a fine up to $1,000.

Possession of 35 grams or more is still considered a felony.

Licensed beauty professionals in ILLINOIS will be required to take an hourlong course every two years in domestic abuse and sexual assault education.... the training course people must have lobbied, well.