1. I have a FOID card; does that mean I can carry a concealed weapon?
No. While having a valid FOID card is a requirement for obtaining a concealed-carry license, a person with a FOID card is not automatically entitled to carry a firearm in public. You must apply for and obtain a license from the Illinois State Police.
Senate President John J. Cullerton issued the following statement regarding the Governor’s actions today:
Lawmakers have worked hard this session. That work included passing a balanced budget, paying off hundreds of millions of dollars in old bills, cutting their own pay and numerous, serious bipartisan efforts to enact comprehensive pension reform.
The governor’s actions today are as unproductive as yesterday’s arbitrary deadline. Responsible leaders know that unworkable demands will only delay progress.
Our efforts on pensions will continue until we’ve reached our goal. In the meantime, the work of the pensions conference committee shouldn't be undermined or deterred by today's or future political grandstanding.
Members of the Agriculture and Conservation Committee recently held a subject-matter hearing regarding the labeling of genetically modified organisms in food.
The committee met in Normal, Illinois and heard from a panel of both proponents and opponents regarding legislation to label genetically modified organisms in food. In the coming months, the committee will be traveling to both Carbondale and Chicago to further study this issue.
Senator Kwame Raoul, chairman of the pension reform conference committee, shared his thoughts with the media prior to the initial public hearing.
“This is not about appearances. This is not about having hearings for the sake of having hearings. This is about solving a problem,” said Raoul. “Everybody perceives themselves as knowing what the answer is or knowing what exactly the problem is, but no one can put their finger on it and that’s the responsibility of this committee. One of the first things we have to do is get a handle on what these differences are.”
To listen to Senator Raoul’s full press conference click the following:
It seems like just yesterday Stanley’s Cup came to visit the State Capitol on its tour during the Chicago Blackhawks’ reign as National Hockey League Champions in 2010, and now we’re poised for another celebration.
With a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins, the Blackhawks secured their second Stanley Cup within the last four years.
Of course, not everyone is lucky enough to be a Blackhawks fan, but their run at the cup may be a reason for many Illinoisans to celebrate.
According to a recent Crain’s article, “the Blackhawks contribute close to $6 million a year to the city and county through the amusement tax,” or five percent of Chicago’s annual revenue from the ticket tax.
Therefore, Blackhawks fan or not, enjoy the Cup.
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