9 Ill. counties to vote on concealed carry
CHAMPAIGN – With most voters focused on the economy or health care when they vote Tuesday, some in Illinois will get a chance to send a message about gun control.
Gun-rights advocates in at least nine mostly rural counties have placed measures on ballots asking voters if they want Illinois to allow its residents to carry concealed weapons. Illinois is the last U.S. state where it’s entirely illegal.
The measures are nonbinding, since no local law can override state law. But advocates hope the votes help build pressure on lawmakers to support so-called “concealed carry,” an issue that resonates in much of Illinois, and highlights the divide between Chicago’s powerful anti-gun forces and the rest of the state.
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