Aldermen approve resolution in support of concealed carry in Illinois

Posted: Nov. 22, 2011 10:10 am Updated: Dec. 6, 2011 11:15 am

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

Quincy aldermen approved a resolution Monday night in support of conceal carry in the state of Illinois.

Aldermen Mike Rein, R-5, introduced the resolution that will be sent to Gov. Pat Quinn, House Speaker Mike Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton. Illinois is the only state in the country that doesn't allow any type of conceal carry.

Rein said the battle to approve conceal carry legislation is mainly with Chicago-area legislators, who oppose the measure.

"Hopefully, it is one more in a crowd of cities and counties adopting similar type of resolutions," he said. "This is not the first, and we are not the only ones, but it's important that we don't sit on the sidelines and be quiet."

Aldermen approved the resolution by a 12-1 vote, with Aldermen Steve Duesterhaus, D-2, casing the only no vote. Alderman Virgil Goehl, D-1, was absent.

Duesterhaus said he did not support the resolution because he thought language that read "restrictive gun laws in Illinois are in violation of our Second Amendment rights and therefore unconstitutional and unlawful" was inaccurate. Duesterhaus said he would have supported the resolution had that language not been included.

"Who are we to say what's unconstitutional?" he asked. "That's the court's jurisdiction. The (Supreme) court had an opportunity, and they didn't do it."

A similar resolution was approved by the Adams County Board in May. A vote in the Illinois House on conceal carry legislation fell six votes short in May.

Aldermen also heard from Vaughn Harshman, president of the American Postal Workers Union Local 77, about the potential closure of the Quincy Processing and Distribution Center, which would eliminate 60 to 70 area.

This is not the first time the federal government has considered closing the facility and moving operations to Columbia, Mo. In 2009, the facility was studied for closure.

"The difference between 2009 and 2011 is that the Postal Service has put in the Code of Federal Regulation ... that they propose to eliminate overnight the overnight first-class mail delivery standard," Harshman said. "That was one of the primary reasons we did not get moved in 2009 to Springfield."

He said the closure cost the local economy millions of dollars. The U.S. Postal Service is hosting a meeting at 6:30 tonight in the John Wood Community College auditorium, 1301 S. 48th, to discuss the potential closure.

Mayor John Spring encouraged aldermen to attend the meeting.

"This is a good opportunity for citizens of our community, our region to come to the meeting tomorrow night," he said. "They'll be members from the United States Postal Service to listen to the comments. They will make a presentation prior to opening it up for comments."

In other business:

º Approved an ordinance granting a special permit for a planned development, which will allow a termite and pest control business to operate at 634 S. 11th.

º Heard the first presentation of an ordinance granting a special permit for a planned development to build a parking lot at the northwest corner of North 11th and College and the southwest corner of North 11th and Elm.

º Heard the first presentation of an ordinance to rezone a parcel of property west of South 36th and north of the Chapel Valley Subdivision from rural to single-family residential zoning.

º Heard the first presentation of an ordinance to decrease the side yard setback from 5 feet to 3 feet and the rear yard setback from 30 feet to 2 feet to build an attached garage at 1725 Ohio.

º Agreed to temporarily allow parking through the holiday weekend on Payson between Eighth and Ninth streets in front of Irving School.

º Proclaimed Saturday as Small Business Saturday.

º Proclaimed Monday through Jan. 1, 2012, as Project Red Ribbon.

º Approved raffle permits and waived the bond requirement for the Police Benevolent and Protective Association Local 12 through Dec. 16 and the Brain Trauma Awareness Organization through Dec. 15.