Illinois remains the only state in the union without a concealed weapon carry law, but gun advocates want to change that.
On Wednesday, the House Agriculture & Conservation Committee approved House Bill 5745, sponsored by downstate Democrat Brandon Phelps, according to the Huffington Post. The measure would allow residents to carry concealed weapons
Phelps said he was optimistic about the bill's passage this time around -- but his hopes have been up in the past.
A similar bill sponsored by Phelps last year failed by six votes, due to Chicago politicians.