If you want to conceal a gun in Illinois, you can apply for a license as early as January 5th. But, you need to complete a training program before you apply. The program should include courses on how to handle a gun, and how to shoot, load, unload, clean, and care for the weapon.
A list of acceptable, certified trainers is available on the Illinois State Police website. There are 16 listed in Madison County, two in Jersey, nine in Macoupin, and 18 in St. Clair. For more information, go to http://www.isp.state.il.us/firearms/ccw/