There has been a lot discussion of concealed carry in public buildings in Will County since Steve Balich brought forward a resolution he wrote just days before the Orlando murders, in June, to the legislative committee meeting on the Tuesday after that horrid event. Steve feels that Will County board members, just like Aldermen in Chicago, should be able to carry weapons in the county building for their protection, as well as being able to add additional protection to others there in an emergency.
Since presenting the Resolution, a more compelling statute was noted by an attorney friend of Balich, Ed Ronkowski. Ed wrote:
As you know, the Illinois Concealed Carry laws prohibit an Illinois Concealed Carry licensee from knowingly carrying a firearm on or into any building or portion of a building under the control of a unit of local government. As you also know, Illinois Criminal Code prohibits a person to possess on or about his person, upon any public street, alley, or other public lands within the corporate limits of a city, village or incorporated town, except when an invitee thereon or therein, for the purpose of the display of such weapon or the lawful commerce in weapons, or except when on his land or in his own abode, legal dwelling, or fixed place of business, or on the land or in the legal dwelling of another person as an invitee with that person’s permission, any pistol, revolver, stun gun or taser or other firearm. more