Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is considering a run for governor in 2014. (Photo courtesy Facebook/Lisa Madigan)
By The Associated Press
SPRINGFIELD - Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to stay out of the gun debate in New York will influence Illinois' concealed carry discussions.
The justices declined Monday to hear a challenge to a strict New York law making it difficult to get a license to carry a concealed handgun in public.
In Illinois, lawmakers are crafting guidelines for concealed carry after a federal appeals court said Illinois' ban was unconstitutional. It's the only state with a concealed carry ban nationwide. Lawmakers have until early June.
Gov. Pat Quinn wants Madigan to appeal to the Supreme Court. She's said she'll see what lawmakers do and hasn't decided yet.
She told reporters Monday that lawmakers still have a deadline and Monday's decision shows that such strict laws are constitutional.
Madigan wants to help housing market in Illinois
Attorney General Madigan says it feels as though one of her life's missions has become to save homes and rebuild the housing market.
She spoke Monday to a crowd at the Illinois Housing Leaders Conference in Springfield.
The third-term attorney general says her office saw the signs before the housing market collapse.
She vowed to continue fighting for fair housing practices.
In 2011, Madigan and federal officials announced a $335 million national settle with Bank of America subsidiary Countrywide over allegations of discriminatory loans.
Madigan is mulling a 2014 gubernatorial run, which would mean challenging Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. She says she hasn't made a decision yet.
Quinn spoke later Monday at the same event, playing up programs for veterans. He declined to talk about the governor's race.