Packing Heat on Some Illinois Voters' Minds

EUREKA, Ill. (AP) -- When they go to the polls next month, voters in three central Illinois counties will have the chance to let Springfield know what they think about the rights of citizens to carry concealed firearms.

Ballots in Woodford, LaSalle and McDonough counties will feature a referendum that asks whether the state should enact so-called "concealed-carry" legislation. The referendum is advisory only.

Voters will not be deciding whether individual counties should adopt those rights, but whether state legislators should bring the issue to a vote.

Advocates of the legislation say such a law is long overdue in Illinois, which is one of only two states that haven't passed some form of the statute.

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