Will Board supports concealed-carry law
By Cindy Wojdyla Cain firstname.lastname@example.org May 16, 2013 8:30PM
Updated: June 18, 2013 8:33AM
The Will County Board approved a concealed-carry resolution on Thursday, but that doesn’t mean county residents can start packing heat.
“That authority really does rest with the state,” said board member Walter Adamic (D-Joliet), who voted in favor of the resolution.
The resolution urges the Legislature to act on a concealed-carry law, and it includes recommendations on how that law should be crafted. The county board vote was 15 to 6 with three members voting “present.” Two board members were absent.
In December, a federal appeals court ruled Illinois’ concealed-carry ban unconstitutional and ordered legislators to come up with a concealed-carry law by June 9. The General Assembly has been debating how restrictive the law should be. The Senate Executive Committee approved a bill Thursday that could go before the Senate on Friday.
Illinois is the only state that prohibits residents from carrying a concealed weapon in public.
Also Thursday, the county board:
Postponed a decision on a special-use zoning permit for a trucking terminal at Illinois 52 and Briggs Street after residents of the Honey Hills subdivision objected. Board Speaker Herb Brooks Jr. (D-Joliet) asked for the case to go back to the board’s land use committee for further review.
Heard a plea by Dave Delrose, president of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees Local 1028, for the county to work harder on settling a contract with its biggest employees union.
Approved a five-year, 50-percent tax abatement for an expansion by Coilplus in Plainfield.
Allowed the Greek Orthodox Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary a zoning variance for its building site on 143rd Street, east of Dixon Lane. Instead of paying for a turn lane, the church has to hire sheriff’s police for traffic control during services and has to provide a letter of credit for the turn lane to be built in the future if needed.