The concealed carry bill has cleared the House. Eighty-five state reps backed the bill which would require people get 16 hours of training and undergo criminal and mental health background checks before being licensed. Opponents don't like the bill because it preempts home rule authority. That means cities with more than 25-thousand people would not be able to change the provisions to fit their individual needs.
House Speaker Michael Madigan opposed the bill as recently as a few weeks ago but said he had a change of heart when he saw how much support it had. The bill now heads to the Senate but President John Cullerton doesn't like the plan. He says it has the NRA's fingerprints all over it.