CHAMPAIGN - With most Illinois voters focused on the economy when they vote on Tuesday, some will get a chance to send a message about the second amendement and self-defense. Gun-rights advocates in at least nine counties have placed measures on ballots asking voters if they want Illinois to allow its residents to carry concealed weapons. Illinois is the only state not to allow its citizens that right.
The measures are non-binding, since no local law can override state law. But advocates hope the votes help build pressure on lawmakers to support "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.
The concealed weapons measures are on ballots in Henry, McDonough, Mercer, Rock Island and Warren counties; Adams and Schuyler counties in western Illinois; Bond County in the south-central part of the state; and Stephenson County along the Wisconsin state line. ...More HERE