The Illinois House got HB 148 up for a vote. Which in itself is a huge success in Illinois. It failed to get the required 71 votes. It needed 71 because the Speaker (Madigan) required a 'super majority' because it would effect home rule (which means you are going against Chicago really). Quinn stated if it were presented before him he would veto, but if the 71 votes were achived it would have been veto proof. The bill can still be brought up again I think until May, or about May for another vote as it was pulled before things were finalized.
That said there still has been a lot of progress. Getting 65 votes to support 148 is huge. There were more, but when it hit the fan and Quinn/Madigan made their phone calls, they backed out, so we ended up with 65.
There are currently (2) lawsuits active in Illinois that are interesting. 1. The SAF & Illinois Carry (Moore vs Madigan) suit is for a temporary injunction against prohibitions on firearms carry in public by law-abiding citizens.. It has been heard and we are awaiting a ruling from Sue Myerscough Springfield District Federal Court.
Orders and Opinions, USDC-ILC
Scroll down to Myerscough, Sue, E. Officially the case is Moore v. Madigan, 11-cv-3134, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois (Springfield).
2. Suit brought by the ISRA & NRA, seeks to overturn the State’s Unlawful Use of Weapon’s and Aggravated Unlawful Use of Weapons statutes.
This is MY understanding of the situation, but you can find more info from the links listed below. I apologize if my terms are not correct, I am not a lawyer, and it's early. :-)
Good things are happening and everyone is needed to get in the fight if you are not, join one of the groups listed. Perhaps within a year or two we will have, 'some kind' of right to carry law, then we can work to make it right.
Illinois Carry - A Website Dedicated To Advancing Conceal Carry For Illinois
Illinois State Rifle Association
Second Amendment Foundation Online