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State Government

Compromise reached on concealed carry in Illinois

SPRINGFIELD – An Illinois state senator key to gun control negotiations says a concealed-carry compromise has been reached between the Senate and the House.

Sen. Kwame Raoul of Chicago said Thursday that fellow Democratic state Sen. Gary Forby of Benton will sponsor legislation that will be presented Friday.

Raoul told The Associated Press that lawmakers are "still tightening up details" but the package has reached common ground on key issues. Those compromises include preserving local gun ordinances and prohibiting weapons from being carried in places including schools and public parks, and tightening penalties.

Raoul says the bill will preserve elements from two pieces of legislation considered in a Senate committee earlier this week.

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