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Ann Gill
Expertise: Coal City Courant/Braidwood Journal Editor
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Q: I heard Illinois passed a new law allowing gun owners like me to carry in public. How soon will we be able to conceal and carry?
A: Hold on, the state's conceal carry law has not been signed by Governor Quinn yet and he has 60 days before approving or vetoing it. Even though Illinois has a June 7 deadline to re-write its gun ban, the courts has been asked to give a 30-day extension before the governor decides. Even then gun owners will have to take a 16-hour course for starters, plus there are other steps needed before you can tuck a gun in your pocket. We'll share more details once the law is signed.
Q: I saw an article in the prarie shopper sometime in early december concerning low cost pet immunizations. Is there a place in or around wilmington to take my pet for shots at a reduced fee?
A: The group conducting the vaccination clinics is SPAY ILLINOIS. The group's mission is to end euthanasia of companion animals though affordable spay/neuter programs. SPAY ILLINOIS is a nonprofit organization that offers affordable vaccine clinics and spay/neuter to all Illinois residents. You can call 1-877-475-7729 for more information. Individuals receiving Food Stamps or SSDI can get their pet spayed or neutered for $15. Their website is I don't know of anyplace in or around Wilmington that will provide low cost immunizations. SPAY ILLINOIS does bring its clinics on the road - there's one at a grooming salon in Joliet this month, and I've seen them in Minooka and Morris as well. The website has a calendar of upcoming immunization events. Good news! (posting 1-22-13) COPE Animal Shelter is considering a Wilmington facility, and plans to offer immunization clinics. Stay tuned for more.

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