House OKs concealed carry by wide margin

House OKs concealed carry by wide margin

SPRINGFIELD -- By a surprisingly strong 85-30 vote, the Illinois House today approved a far-reaching concealed-carry bill that is opposed by Gov. Pat Quinn and Senate President John Cullerton.

The bill is SB2193.

But House Speaker Michael Madigan predicted that if the bill was called for a Senate vote, it would pass by a similar margin.

The House and Senate both adjourned early Friday afternoon, with both chambers taking Saturday off.

The concealed-carry bill was supported by all area state representatives, including Rep. Naomi Jakobsson, D-Urbana.

The bill's most controversial aspect is that it eliminates all home rule exemptions, including any for the city of Chicago. Most Chicago lawmakers opposed the bill.


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Sid Saltfork wrote on May 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Of course, Naomi voted for the bill.  Mike Madigan told her to vote for it.  If she did not vote for it, Mike would not provide "campaign donations" for her re-election.  At least, she voted this time.  She did not bother when her large public employee constituency needed her.

When are the senators, and house of representatives going to vote with their conscience, and morals for the outcomes that their constituents expect?  When a few party leaders from both parties tell them how to vote, or lose money; there is no democracy.  It is only more continued corruption.

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on May 25, 2013 at 4:05 am
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Which part don't you like Sid?

Sid Saltfork wrote on May 31, 2013 at 7:05 am

The corruption part.  I have an aversion to toadies also.

EL YATIRI wrote on May 25, 2013 at 8:05 am
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Sid:  My answer to your queries is never.  This corrupt system will never change from the inside.  Third party or independent candidates are never going to happen, the 2 gangs won't permit it.

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on May 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm
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My friend from law school, John Tryner, clamored for conceal carry since his mugging on the Quad, circa 1996.


Congratulations John.

jdmac44 wrote on May 25, 2013 at 12:05 am

Unfortunately with this bill you can't carry on campus property, because those gun free zones work so well.

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on May 25, 2013 at 4:05 am
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baby steps

cherokee2 wrote on May 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Now the goodguys can shoot back!! About time Illinois!! I'm embarrassed to be in this state but at least this passed!

mark taylor's ghost wrote on May 25, 2013 at 3:05 am

Shewt em up, cowboy!!!!!11!


Bulldogmojo wrote on May 25, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Woohoo! Unleash the George Zimmerman self deputizing armed escalation crowd. 

What could go wrong?

I can't wait until they can conceal carry on campus because you want a huge population of 18 to 22 year olds who are stressed out and hungover having instant access to loaded weapons.

What could go wrong?

Speakerman11 wrote on May 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm

So what does the bill say?  What will the law allow?  Anybody have a good link providing valid information?

Mike Howie wrote on May 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm
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Sorry, I forgot to include the link; it's there in the story now.

Mike Howie

online editor.

Hamhog wrote on May 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm Now the bill will have to pass muster in the senate with enough votes to tell the Gov that it will override his veto!

ROB McCOLLEY wrote on May 25, 2013 at 4:05 am
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Nice Davis wrote on May 27, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Congratulations to the gun nuts for getting to keep their widdle bwankies!

Hamhog wrote on May 27, 2013 at 10:05 pm

While I accept comments from the opposing side of the concealed carry argument implying that Im a gun "nut". I want to explain to you that A concealed carry law permits only those who want the option to carry to get licsensed. If you don't like the idea of carrying in public then don't get a permit...Just don't judge me as a person with bad character because I choose to go jump through all the hoops to get one. CCW or Constitutional carry is coming to Illinois whether you want to carry or not...Deal with it.

Nice Davis wrote on May 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm

I don't think you have bad character, just fearful character. Gun nuts cling to their security blankets with a ferocity that one only sees among the addicted when you try to take their substance of choice away from them. If it takes lots of guns to imagine yourself as a potential hero, fighting off the violent criminal attacks that will almost surely never befall you, then so be it. I hope that concealed carry will finally let you be at peace.