A concealed carry bill that would wipe out all Chicago and Cook County gun laws sailed through the Democrat-controlled Illinois House today by an 85-30 vote, even though it was opposed by many of the state's top Democrats.
Here's what Gov. Pat Quinn said after the vote:
"This legislation is wrong for Illinois.
"It was wrong yesterday in committee, it's wrong today, and it's wrong for the future of public safety in our state.
"The principle of home rule is an important one. As written, this legislation is a massive overreach that would repeal critical gun safety ordinances in Chicago, Cook County, and across Illinois.
"We need strong gun safety laws that protect the people of our state. Instead, this measure puts public safety at risk.
"I will not support this bill and I will work with members of the Illinois Senate to stop it in its tracks."
On Thursday, after a 13-3 House committee vote, Rahm Emanuel's office issued this statement:
"While this bill contains important provisions that we support - including prohibiting concealed weapons on public transportation, and in schools, libraries, and city parks - we cannot support such a broad pre-emption of home rule, which would nullify all city ordinances restricting gun use, and would eliminate our ability to establish any additional restrictions in Chicago in the future.
"But even as we oppose this bill, we are committed to working with the leaders to craft legislation that will continue to enhance the City's ability to combat gun crimes and keep illegal guns off the street."
Here's what Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinckle said Thursday: ""We have consistently stated that Cook County and other densely-populated areas are unique and should be able to craft laws to address the unique circumstances they face."
The bill was put together by Democratic House Speaker Mike Madigan.
Read the Sun-Times news story here.
Read a Thursday Sun-Times concealed carry editorial here.