As of March 17th, the answer to "How to get an Illinois Concealed Carry Weapons Permit" is getting clearer and clearer. More amendments have been offered to House Bill 1155, and they don't deal with the education and training aspect.
This tells us what we've known for some time; that the education / training requirement for an Illinois Concealed Carry Permit will be just what was originally proposed by the friend of the NRA in Springfield, Rep. Brandon Phelps.
The NRA Basic Pistol Course remains as the best way to satisfy the Illinois Concealed Carry Permit class requirement. It is an eight hour class that includes a range qualification. The only thing that needs to be added to the NRA Basic Pistol Course is a bit more challenging range qualification, which can easily be done without adding any extra time.
While the original requirement that was included in Rep. Brandon Phelps merely called for passing the NRA Basic Pistol Course, the latest iteration by Rep. Phelps, which appears to be a compromise, was included in Amendment 27 of House Bill 1155 and passed with a comfortable margin. This requirement is for the student to hit a B27 human sized silhouette target 70% of the time with 30 rounds fired. Ten rounds each are to be fired from 5, 7 and 10 yards.
To enroll in an NRA Basic Pistol Course in the Chicago area, you can contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mike is an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, a professional trainer (so he knows how to make classes fun, engaging and interesting), and uses dummy pistols and other training aids in the class to make things hands-on.
Passing this class will also qualify you for a Florida Concealed Carry Permit. More information is also available at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Illinois-Concealed-Carry-Permit-Class/110104049176911?ref=hl