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Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday named former federal prosecutors, FBI agents and judges to a seven-member panel to review objections raised by law enforcement to people who apply to carry a concealed firearm under the state's new law.

The move is the latest step to put in place the legislative compromise enacted last summer after a federal appeals court ruled Illinois had to give up its status as the last state in the nation to ban possession of firearms in public.
Under the law, people apply for concealed carry permits and police departments can object to the application. The review panel hears appeals of those objections and is supposed to decide within 30 days whether applicants pose a danger to themselves or others or are a threat to public safety.

The panel's membership represents the state's five judicial districts, including three from Cook County, and is supposed to include commissioners with judicial, prosecutorial, criminal justice and mental health treatment experience.

Appointed from the 1st District were Robinzina Bryant of Flossmoor, who spent a decade as a special agent with the FBI in Chicago and St. Louis; Dr. James Lewis Cavanaugh of Winnetka, a professor of psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center and a behavioral risk analyst; and Virginia Wright of Palatine, who served as a special agent with the FBI for 24 years in New York, Chicago and New Haven, Conn.

Sergio Acosta of Elmhurst was picked to represent the 2nd District, which includes the west suburbs and north and northwestern Illinois. Acosta is the former Illinois Gaming Board administrator and a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson; he once headed the general crimes section of the criminal division of the U.S. attorney's office in Chicago.

Read more: Chicago Tribune
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