The Illinois House didn't even complete debate on the first of more than two dozen amendments to concealed-carry gun legislation before Republicans shut it down. Speaker Michael Madigan - a Chicago Democrat - set up a process today to debate court-required concealed-carry legislation issue by issue. Lawmakers filed 27 amendments covering varying aspects of the issue. But discussion of the first meaningful amendment wasn't complete before the GOP called a private caucus until 3:30 p.m. Republicans complained about the piecemeal approach. They want an up-or-down vote on a comprehensive conceal-and-carry bill like one filed by southern Illinois Democrat Brandon Phelps. The amendment under discussion was filed by Chicago Democratic Rep. Mike Zalewski and would prohibit guns in schools.
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