As of April 8, 2013, the pending legislation in Springfield for concealed carry lists a few courses as fulfilling the requirement to get an Illinois concealed carry permit. Of those, the best choice is the NRA Basic Pistol Shooting Course, for the following reason.
1) Basic Pistol is a comprehensive, 8 hour course that fulfills the concealed carry permit requirement.
2) If you choose to also complete another course, such as the Basic Personal Protection Inside the Home or Basic Personal Protection Outside the Home, (which is a wise decision) you will need to have completed the Basic Pistol Course.
3) Basic Pistol is the best way for a beginning shooter to get confident and learn marksmanship skills, and also a great refresher and "back to basics" for more experienced shooters.
To enroll in a Basic Pistol Course, including the marksmanship shooting qualification that is required in the pending legislation for Illinois Concealed Carry, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
To enroll in the class for Saturday, April 20, you can visit here: