CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. Pat Quinn says his office will work with the General Assembly to fashion concealed carry legislation that protects public safety.
Quinn's comments came one day after a federal appeals court ruled Illinois' ban is unconstitutional. The court gave lawmakers 180 days to come up with a law legalizing the concealed carry of weapons.
Speaking at a news conference in Chicago, Quinn said he'll let Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan decide whether to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The governor says he will insist any Illinois law include 'reasonable restrictions,' such as prohibiting people with a history of mental illness from having the weapons. He says his office will review other states' laws.
Quinn also renewed his call for a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Today is Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river. 1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.