SPRINGFIELD-Gov. Pat Quinn said Wednesday that Attorney General Lisa Madigan should appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a federal court order requiring Illinois legislators to move a concealed-carry bill to Quinn's desk by June 9.
"This is a serious matter where a federal court is ordering our state by a date certain to pass a law that would allow loaded weapons to be concealed on a person in a public place," Quinn told reporters.
Quinn said "the only hope" for Madigan to reverse the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision and keep the state's ban on carrying guns in public in place would be to appeal to the nation's high court.
But Madigan said she doesn't "think that that's true," and that her office is waiting to see what happens in Springfield.
"It's a situation where we don't know what the U.S. Supreme Court would ultimately do," she told reporters Wednesday. "But right now the Legislature obviously looks at this as one of their priorities, and based on the 7th circuit court's opinion, one of their mandates."
"If the laws as they are now appear to be evolving or possibly changing, it could potentially be premature to move forward on this," Madigan said.
But what happens if the June 9 deadline arrives, and a bill has yet to reach Quinn's desk?
"That presumes that [lawmakers] aren't able to pass anything," Madigan answered. "We're not there yet. We will see what they pass if they pass anything."