At its Tuesday meeting the Ogle County board voted to send a letter to Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois legislature insisting they obey a court ruling and adopt concealed carry legislation. The letter is a direct result of a referendum question on the April 9th ballot in support of concealed carry that passed with 70% of the vote. The referendum question was placed on the ballot following a petition drive last summer that yielded nearly 1,000 signatures. Governor Quinn and the Illinois legislature have until early June to adopt concealed carry in Illinois before the courts step in.
Ogle County Board's letter reads:
Resolution to communicate to the Governor and Legislature of Illinois the results of Concealed Carry Ballot Referendum
WHEREAS, the government of the County of Ogle, State of Illinois, has a responsibility of certain and specific duties for the good of the public welfare of its citizens, and such responsibility being vested with the County Board of the County of Ogle, and
WHEREAS, the County Board of Ogle County, on October 16, 2012, adopted Resolution 2012-1008, placing an advisory referendum on the Consolidated Election ballot, held on April 9, 2013, and
WHEREAS, that advisory referendum submitted to the voters of the County of Ogle the question: “Shall the General Assembly enact legislation to permit the carrying of concealed firearms”, and
WHEREAS, the County Board of Ogle County, also on October 16, 2012, received a petition in support of a Concealed Carry referendum, signed by 971 residents of Ogle County, and
WHEREAS, the strength of our democratic republic form of government, is that elected officials who are appointed to make policy decisions on behalf of the residents of their respective districts, also must communicate and listen to the voters who have appointed them, and
WHEREAS, at the Consolidated Election that was held on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, Ogle County voters overwhelmingly approved the Concealed Carry referendum by a margin of 70% to 30%, and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the County Board of Ogle County, State of Illinois on this 16th day of April, 2013, that this body requests, on behalf of the residents and voters of Ogle County, Illinois, that the Illinois Governor, and the Illinois legislature, pay heed to the message from the electorate, and to not ignore a June 9th court deadline to craft new legislation to allow concealed carry in Illinois, that its citizens and those of Ogle County may be allowed the ability to defend themselves, when necessary.
Kim P. Gouker
Chairman, Ogle County Board
Rebecca Huntley Ogle County Clerk