A bill that includes funding to implement Illinoisâ€™ new concealed carry law awaits the governorâ€™s signature.
The supplemental budget passed the Illinois Senate today (Thursday) after clearing the Illinois House earlier in the week. Of the $50 million budget, $33 million will be used to get the stateâ€™s new concealed carry program up and running, according to the sponsor, State Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-Park Ridge).
â€śTo process, evaluate and allow people to get applications for concealed handgun permit licenses,â€ť said Kotowski.
The measure, however, does not include money to pay back wages for 25,000 state employees, which was disappointing to State Sen. Pam Althoff (R-McHenry).
â€śWe know that, ultimately, we are going to be responsible for making these payments,â€ť said Althoff. â€śThe court was very clear in telling us that is our responsibility.â€ť
Itâ€™s not clear if or when the legislature will vote on paying out the $112 million owed to the employees.