More Money For State Police?

Oct 22, 2013

The Illinois State Police will begin accepting applications early next year from gun owners who want to carry a firearm in public. 


But in order to process them, state police need to hire more people. 

Representative Frank Mautino, D-Spring Valley, legislators will be asked to approve the agency's request for more money during the fall veto session.

"We've got over 1,000 instructors online, people are going to be able to apply. But until then you still need someone to be able to process the paperwork. And so the state police have a number of items that they're going to need to do in order to keep things on track for concealed carry," Mautino said.

Legislators are also expected to debate changes to Illinois' new concealed carry law.  Some are changes that Mautino says are technical.  Others are more substantial, and controversial, like a plan that would prohibit guns anywhere alcohol is served. 

Besides the state police, the General Assembly will be asked to approve of more spending on certain school programs. 

Amanda Vinicky contributed to this report.