What will he do, and what's taking him so long? Three weeks after the Illinois legislature gave the governor a bill allowing people to carry a concealed weapon, there’s no decision.
“We’re studying that bill,” Gov. Pat Quinn said. “That bill is a complex one, and it deserves full, complete review. It deals with public safety, and it’s going on as we speak.”
A federal court has given the state until July 9 to legalize concealed-carry, having thrown out Illinois’ unique outright ban.
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House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) has some advice for the governor: “If you look at the vote in the House and in the Senate … it’s pretty clear that if the governor vetoes or offers an amendatory veto, it will be overridden.”
Madigan offered one other insight into Quinn’s strategy: “My expectation is that the governor will take some action on that bill, which, in a certain sense, is designed to enhance his campaign for re-election.” That 2014 re-election bid could include a Democratic primary against the speaker's daughter.
Meanwhile, a group of Illinois senators is urging the governor to reveal his stance on the concealed carry bill to avert a “public safety and constitutional crisis.” A letter signed by 23 Senate Democrats, including the Senate president, notes that state’s attorneys in eight counties are already refusing to prosecute those who carry concealed weapons.