The Illinois House voted down Gov. Pat Quinn's amendatory veto Tuesday morning, sending it to the Senate for consideration later today.
The House voted 77-31 to block Quinn's amendatory veto without any discussion of the governor's requested changes. Quinn has outlined a number of changes he wants injected in the bill, arguing that the provisions will make the legislation safer for Illinoisans.
But the bill's sponsor, State Rep. Brandon Phelps (D-Harrisburg), says Quinn is taking the wrong path to crime prevention.
“If the governor wants to get serious about crime, let’s find out about all the shootings going on in Chicago,” Phelps said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “They’ve got the strictest gun laws in the nation, but they still lead in shootings and murders.”
In order for the Senate to override Quinn's veto, the chamber will need 36 votes. If the Senate overrides the veto, the law will take effect immediately as today is the deadline for Illinois to get concealed carry legislation on the books before constitutional carry kicks in, meaning anyone in the state can carry a concealed weapon.
Earlier today, a Senate panel considered an amendment that would install 13 of the changes Quinn is calling for, but they did not vote on it. Senate President John Cullerton is speaking with all of his legislators during a closed session to see if he can garner the votes needed to pass some or all of the provisions in the amendment.
Meanwhile, the gun violence that has plagued Chicago led one lawmaker to make a call for additional intervention. State Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) called on Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to get the Illinois National Guard involved in patrolling some Chicago streets.
“It’s almost as if there’s a war going on,” Davis told the newspaper. “It seems like it’s genocide, and those officials who can do something about it have chosen not to do anything about it. I’m calling for the National Guard to come to Chicago and ride up and down these streets.”
This is not the first time this suggestion has been made. Residents living in some of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods have also stated that the National Guard should to come to their areas to help put a cap on the violence plaguing some Chicago streets.