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>>People Must Be Trained Before Carrying A Gun In Public

(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois now has a concealed carry law on the books, but state Rep Brandon Phelps says that doesn't mean everyone will be allowed to carry a gun in public.

People must be trained and licensed before they can conceal a gun. There are also provisions in the law that prevent people with mental health issues and a criminal background from carrying a gun. The new law is effective immediately, but people won't actually be allowed to carry for at least six months. That's because State Police need to implement the carry program and put the training system in place. They have 180 days to do that, and then people can start applying for a carry license.

(Metro News)

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>>Illinois Becomes Last State In Nation To Allow Concealed Weapons

(Springfield, IL) -- Illinois will be the last state in the nation to allow the carry of concealed weapons. The General Assembly voted to override Governor Pat Quinn's veto of the measure. The "Chicago Tribune" reports it may be months before it will go into effect due to permit rules and state licensing requirements.

(Metro News)

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>>House Overrides Quinn’s Gun Veto

(Springfield, IL) -- The Illinois House has shot down Governor Quinn's changes to a concealed carry bill.

There wasn't even any debate on whether Quinn's ideas were worth considering. Quinn wanted people to carry only one gun at a time, with no more than ten-rounds of ammo. He also didn't want guns in places where alcohol is served.

Seventy-seven state reps voted against Quinn, keeping the original bill in-tact. But, it still needs to clear the Senate. If they don't override Quinn's changes, constitutional carry will kick in and people will automatically get the right to carry a gun in public, without a license.

(Metro News)

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Barickman, Harms Vote to Override Governor’s Gun Veto, Making Right-to-Carry Law in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD- State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) joined an overwhelming majority in both the House and Senate Tuesday in overriding Governor Pat Quinn's amendatory veto of legislation bringing Illinois in line with a federal court order to finally join all 49 other states giving law-abiding, trained citizens the right to carry a concealed weapon.

"Governor Quinn attempted to derail months of hard work, give and take, and compromise with his amendatory veto," said Senator Barickman. "The General Assembly made a very wise move in quickly voting to override this veto and make Right-to-Carry the law of the land in Illinois."

State Representative Josh Harms (R-Watseka) also voted in the House to override the Governor's amendatory veto.

Harms called it "a historic day for Illinois." Harms said we now have conceal-carry in the state.

Barickman also opposed separate, last minute changes to the bill.

Senator Barickman called on Governor Quinn and the Illinois State Police to move quickly in implementing rules for permits to carry.

"This is law, and I hope the Governor and State Police move quickly to recognize and allow people to exercise their constitutional rights," said Barickman.

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Stalemate: Iroquois, Ford County Boards still at odds over Health Department Chief Corbett

It appears to an "unfixable mess." That's what Iroquois County Board Chairman Rod Copas says about the Ford-Iroquois Health Department.

Similar comments surfaced from the Ford County Board meeting in Paxton Monday night.

Iroquois County wants Doug Corbett gone as health department administrator. Ford County is standing firm against Corbett's removal.

Copas informed the Iroquois County Board (Tuesday) the state health department has been asked to get involved.

Copas told reporters "we've sent a letter asking for a meeting with the state...we're in two different places handling the problems and there's no communication."

The office of State Health Director Dr. Lamar Hasbrouk has said this is a local issue between Ford and Iroquois County. Whether there's a workable suggestion is the question.

Copas told his board in a lengthy presentation Tuesday about several matters, pointing to official misconduct allegations, inappropriate hand-written statements, and making for very difficult working conditions for some employees. Copas said there's several troubling matters in the administration's handling of affairs.

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