The Illinois General Assembly is set to head back to the statehouse
this week to discuss two hot button issues: concealed carry and pension
reform. Last week, Gov. Pat Quinn issued an amendatory veto to make a
number of changes to the concealed carry bill, making the law much more
restrictive. Quinn says he is ready for a "showdown" on the issue, after having spent the last several days championing his proposed changes.
having been granted extensions, Tuesday is the deadline for the state
to install a concealed carry bill before constitutional carry kicks in,
meaning anyone in the state could carry a firearm. The bill's sponsor
State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg) ispushing back against Quinn's concern that
the National Rifle Association played a major role in crafting the
bill, saying the group "was not involved in the compromise." We made a
compromise because we had a federal court mandate to reach,” Phelps
Meanwhile, some lawmakers, like State Sen. John Sullivan
(D) of Rushville, says the legislature has no choice but to override
Quinn's veto tomorrow.
“If we don’t override that veto,
constitutional carry is going to become the law in the state,” Sullivan
said. “I think that would not be a good situation, and most reasonable
people understand that.”
And Tuesday marks yet another deadline
for the legislature. July 9 is a deadline imposed by Quinn for the
conference committtee on pensions to come to a compromise on a reform
bill. But the head of the committee, State Sen. Kwane Raoul (D-Chicago)
does not think the group will have a compromised pension reform plan in
hand by the deadline.
“We take seriously the governor’s urging for us to get this done as soon as possible,” Raoul said last week.
“but based on our conversations with the actuaries, with regard to
getting the governor’s proposals scored, there’s no way to get them done
by July 9."
Another pension hearing is being held today in
Springfield today on the issue. Members on the 10-person committee say
that although the July 9 deadline wouldn't be met, progress is being
“If we have something by the end of July as opposed to July
9, in the grand scheme of this 2 1/2-year battle, I don’t know that that
really is an earth-shattering difference,” said State Sen. Matt Murphy
(R-Palatine), according to the State Journal-Register.