SPRINGFIELD-Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court for more time to decide if she wants to appeal a lower court's ruling to end the state's concealed-carry ban.
Madigan would have until June 24 to file a petition for appeal with the high court if it grants her office the 30-day extension. The request comes after the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals last December mandated Illinois lawmakers to put a concealed-carry law on the books by June 9 and denied a petition for a rehearing of its decision in February.
Two different types of concealed-carry legislation were shot down in the House earlier this month, and a comprehensive proposal has yet to emerge in the Senate. But Madigan has said she would wait to see if legislators pass a bill before deciding to officially appeal to the high court.
Beside Madigan's name on the petition are Gov. Pat Quinn - who has publically urged Madigan to appeal the lower court's ruling - along with State Police Director Hiram Grau and Union County State's Attorney Tyler Edmonds.