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Gov. Pat Quinn says he wants to change concealed carry legislation because it has ``serious flaws'' and was inspired by the National Rifle Association.  
The Chicago Democrat held a news conference in downtown Chicago on Tuesday to announce that he's using his amendatory veto power to add ammunition limits, bar guns in establishments serving alcohol and says local governments should be able to enact their own local laws in some cases.  

A concealed firearm.
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  Illinois is quickly approaching a federal court's deadline of July 9 for the state to have a concealed carry law.

Every other state has some type of law that lets an average person carry a gun in public. But not Illinois where only those in certain professions can - namely police, retired law enforcement and security guards on the job.

Illinois is under a court order to lift that ban.

Legislators crafted a plan for how they want it done.   Now everyone's waiting for Gov. Pat Quinn to take action.

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Governor Pat Quinn says he's reviewing a measure that would lift Illinois' long-standing concealed carry ban. It took legislators months to reach a compromise, and still gun control and gun rights activists both say they're not happy.   Other critics say they're upset about a lack of government transparency.

The concealed carry legislation approved late last month creates a seven-member board to review applications from people who want to be able to carry a gun in public.

Under the measure, that board would be exempt from the state's Freedom of Information Act.

Capitol in fog
Amanda Vinicky / NPR Illinois

The legislative countdown continues, as Illinois' General Assembly is set to adjourn Friday.   Lawmakers spent their Memorial Day at the capitol, where little apparent progress was made on many of the outstanding issues.    The Senate met only briefly yesterday - the bulk of Senators' time was spent in private, partisan meetings.That's where they often make decisions on how to proceed on controversial issues. Like the budget. 

A concealed firearm.
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An Illinois Senate committee has approved legislation that would pave the way for concealed-carry of firearms in Illinois. But gun-rights advocates say it's too restrictive, and the measure faces an uphill climb.

State Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, was trying to negotiate a compromise with gun-rights supporters. But ultimately he went his own way. His proposal would not allow guns in schools, day cares, casinos, and stadiums.

When a federal court declared Illinois' ban on letting people carry guns in public unconstitutional ... it also gave legislators an assignment: pass a concealed carry law by June 9. Lawmakers are in continued negotiations, but so far gun rights' activists have been unable to reach an agreement with those who favor stricter gun control.  Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart is doubtful they will ... at least in time.  He fears that could leave Illinois temporarily without ANY real limits on who can carry a gun, and where.

A plan to have a form of concealed carry in Illinois is in for changes in the state Senate

Bethany Jaeger
WUIS/Illinois Issues

Twenty-four Chicago Public Schools students died from gun violence in between January and April. That equals the total number killed throughout the entire previous school year. 

Chicago legislators passionately urge their peers from across the state to approve stronger gun control measures, but the debate typically triggers emotional responses about such issues as race, culture and, most of all, politics. 

While valid, the arguments often are formulaic, the vote usually predictable. 

Charles N. Wheeler III
WUIS/Illinois Issues

Let's play a game of word association. You know, what image pops into your head when you see a certain word? And the word is — GUNS.

If those four letters evoke memories of a crisp, fall day in the woods, rifle at the ready, hoping for a trophy buck, chances are you're from downstate Illinois. If the same four letters produce pictures of a seedy street corner, a speeding car, pistol flashes and a bleeding child, odds are you live in the Chicago area.

Don’t go near guns. This is sound advice for ambitious politicians eyeing state office. 

Aaron Chambers
WUIS/Illinois Issues

The signs along the northbound lanes of I-55 near Bloomington look familiar. The series of five Burma Shave-style placards, planted just off the shoulder, resemble others put along roads throughout the state by Gunssavelife.com.

That’s no accident. Justice Robert Steigmann is a member of the Champaign County Rifle Association, the Web organization’s affiliated group, and he’s proud its members helped construct the signs to promote his race for the Illinois Supreme Court.

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