SPRINGFIELD, Ill. —
“If we do not vote to override today, at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, July 10, there are no restrictions upon people who want to carry handguns in the public way,” said Sen. Kwame Raoul, a Chicago Democrat who negotiated the legislation with House sponsors.
Despite the setback for Quinn, he remained resolute when he spoke to reporters late in the day.
“It’s very, very important that we protect the people,” he said. “The legislation today does not do that. It has shortcomings that will lead to tragedies.”