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Moms lobby lawmakers on concealed-carry

SPRINGFIELD -- Two suburban Chicago moms saw the tragic events that took place in Newtown, CT, last year and decided to take action.
SPRINGFIELD -- Two suburban Chicago moms saw the tragic events that took place in Newtown, CT, last year and decided to take action. Nicole Chen and Erin Hill both have children around the age of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary.

Both moms discovered the group "Moms Take Action" weeks after the shooting and decided to join. Little did they know they'd be entering the debate on guns as Illinois debates becoming the 50th state to allow concealed-carry.

Hill and Chen spent time in Springfield during regular session, lobbying lawmakers and testifying before committees. Neither was happy with the concealed-carry bill which eventually passed the General Assembly.

So they decided to return to Springfield during the veto session to continue to lobby for changes. They are focusing on signage. The current law requires any business which doesn't want to allow guns to post a sign.

The moms say businesses should have to post signs if they decide to allow guns. The idea isn't in bill form yet, but it was one issue Governor Pat Quinn pushed for when he vetoed the original concealed-carry bill over the summer.
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