Chicago’s strict gun laws are quickly becoming a factor in the city’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics. Downstate pols insisted Chicago would need to ease its firearm restrictions so that shooting events could legally take place within city limits. However, Chicago’s Olympic plan has those events taking place in suburban Aurora, so city gun laws present no hurdles.
Of course, if Chicago is going to land the ’16 Games (please, God, no, says this Chicago resident), then they’re going to need state money–or at least the promise of it. That means, at some point, the Cook County machine must do something to earn the downstate votes it needs. According to Rep. Brandon Phelps, a southern Illinois Democrat, that “something” might be allowing concealed carry within the city. Don’t expect Mayor Daley to give in on that one.