Concealed carry has the support of the Illinois Sheriffs Association, with some caveats.   Vermilion County Sheriff Pat Hartshorn, the president of the Sheriffs Association, says there must be background checks and training.  An Illinois Senate committee on Thursday passed a measure that includes a requirement for background checks and training.  
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The controversial aspect is the extent to which state police – and in addition local police in Chicago – may exercise discretion in denying an application.
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