Earlier today, Governor Pat Quinn did his best to take the teeth out of the Illinois concealed carry bill by using his amendatory veto powers to essentially re-write the legislation. In response, Representative Brandon W. Phelps has filed a motion to overturn the veto. What does that mean for the future of the bill? . . .
Option A: The veto override fails. In this scenario, Illinois law says the bill is scrapped. This would send Illinois over the cliff into constitutional carry territory until a new bill is proposed and presented to the governor. Again. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Option B: The veto override succeeds. The bill is immediately passed as-is, without the changes made by the Governor. This is the most likely scenario. Even Democrats in the legislature would rather vote to override the governor and enact the bill than let the Land of Lincoln become a constitutional carry state.
It looks like this may have been staged in advance, the Governor using his powers to show his Chicago masters that he is reliably anti-gun before his re-election effort in the fall, while not actually doing anything to prevent the bill from becoming law. In other words, politics as usual for Illinois.