A bill that includes funding to implement Illinois’ new concealed carry law awaits the governor’s signature. The supplemental budget passed the Illinois Senate Thursday after clearing the Illinois House earlier in the week. Of the $50 million budget, $33 million will be used to get the state’s new concealed carry program up and running, according to the sponsor, State Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge).
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“To process, evaluate and allow people to get applications for concealed handgun permit licenses,” said Kotowski. The measure, however, does not include money to pay back wages for 25,000 state employees, which was disappointing to State Sen. Pam Althoff (R-McHenry). “We know that, ultimately, we are going to be responsible for making these payments,” said Althoff. “The court was very clear in telling us that is our responsibility.” It’s not clear if or when the legislature will vote on paying out the $112 million owed to the employees.