With the governor and the Senate president already against it, backers of a concealed carry bill which passed the House Friday remain optimistic. Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) and Gov. Pat Quinn have said they are against the legislation. “This legislation is wrong for Illinois. It was wrong yesterday in committee, its wrong today, and it’s wrong for the future of public safety in our state,” Quinn said in an e-mailed statement.
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But House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) says he is optimistic about the bill’s chances in the Senate. “I think if the bill is called in the Senate, it will get a vote in the Senate comparable to the vote that it got today, which was an overwhelming super majority vote,” Madigan said.