The Illinois State Police continues to struggle with a backlog of applications for gun ownership. So it remains to be seen how they can handle an influx of requests for permits to carry concealed weapons. The department has 49,000 applications for Firearm Owners Identification cards awaiting approval.
A new law allows the carrying of concealed weapons. Police estimate there'll be 400,000 applications for "carry" permits in the first year.
Illinois State Police have launched a criminal investigation at the Tamms Correctional Center following leaks to reporters about the process of closing the prison. Spokeswoman Monique Bond said there's an "ongoing investigation into criminal activity," but she didn't go in to detail. However, an employee at Tamms said investigators tried to interview several workers there yesterday and most didn't agree to answer questions.