http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/war...on-Too-Many-of-Our-Communities-220119231.html Gov. Pat Quinn Sunday signed a new gun safety law that requires background check for all gun purchasers statewide as well as the reporting of all lost and stolen guns. Prior to the law, the Firearm Owners Identification Card Act only applied to licensed firearms dealers and sales at gun shows between private parties or by federally licensed firearms dealers. Private sellers were not required to check whether or not a purchaser had a valid FOID card, a loophole the new legislation closes. The law also requires the Illinois State Police to develop an internet-based system for individuals to determine the validity of a FOID card prior to a sale or transfer of a firearm. The reporting requirement for lost and stolen guns takes effect immediately. The new background check system will take effect Jan. 1.