As of right now, Illinois is the only state in America without a law regulating concealed firearms. Last year, the state tried to ban so-called 'conceal and carry,' but the Supreme Court judged the law unconstitutional, and ruled that Illinois had to pass a law, any law, on concealed firearms within 180 days. With the three months almost up, Attorney General Lisa Madigan is asking for more time. Law professor Brannon Denning - once of Southern Illinois University, now at the law school at Samford University in Alabama - explains why a law is necessary. Without one, concealed weapons in Illinois will be totally legal.
Michael Schlosser, Interim Director, Police Training Institute
Margaret Gray, Graduate of PTI’s 10-week Adult Citizens Academy course
State and university officials have been working on a plan to keep the University of Illinois’ Police Training Institute open. The state’s Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board unanimously agreed earlier this month to re-certify courses there, after initial discussions about closing the facility led to vocal support from area legislators and Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing, among others. While all involved are working to determine what shape PTI will take in the months ahead, we thought it might be helpful for you to learn a bit more about what the Police Training Institute already does now. Craig Cohen will talk with Michael Schlosser, Interim Director of the Police Training Institute, and Margaret Gray, a recent graduate of the PTI’s 10 week long Adult Citizens Academy course.
With Frederick S. Lane, J.D. (Attorney, Expert Witness, Lecturer, Writer)
With Joan Biskupic, J.D. (Journalist covering the Supreme Court since 1989)
With Fred Strebeigh (Teacher of Nonfiction Writing at Yale University)
With Fred Strebeigh (Writer; Senior Lecturer, English and Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University)
With Michale Callahan (Retired Lieutenant with the Illinois State Police)
With Susan R. Dolan, R.N., J.D. (Registered Nurse; Attorney; Healthcare Consultant), and , and Audrey R. Vizzard, R.N., Ed.D. (Registered Nurse and Psychologist)
With Steven Lubet (Professor of Law and Director, Program on Advocacy and Professionalism, Northwestern School of Law; Professor of Comparative Literary Studies, Northwestern University)
With Mary Anne Williams (Support Coordinator, The Arc (Advocacy, Resources, and Connections for People with Developmental Disabilities) of Frederick County Maryland), and , and Carl Webber, J.D. (Attorney with Webber & Thies PC)