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An Illinois legislator is suggesting that downstate lawmakers should get something in return for helping Chicago vie for the 2016 Olympics — perhaps a law that allows the carrying of concealed weapons.

An Illinois legislator is suggesting that downstate lawmakers should get something in return for helping Chicago vie for the 2016 Olympics — perhaps a law that allows the carrying of concealed weapons.

Four proposals aimed at allowing the carrying of concealed weapons have been introduced this year but are unlikely to pass because of opposition by lawmakers from the Chicago area.

Democratic Rep. Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg suggests horse-trading could benefit gun owners and Olympic supporters, who are asking the state to provide a $250 million safety net should the games go over budget.

Phelps said that while he has ideas of withholding support for the Olympics, there’s not yet a coalition to do so.

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AP Photo above by Julia Kellner

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