ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) - So far, more than 50 instructors have been approved to train Illinois residents applying for applications to carry concealed weapons.
The Daily Herald reports 54 instructors have been OK'd for the program - most of them in northern Illinois.
Illinois State Police spokeswoman Monique Bond says as many as 1,000 more applications have been received.
In July, Illinois became the last state in the nation to approve a law allowing the public possession of firearms.
Anyone who wants to apply for a concealed-carry license must complete 16 hours of training from a state-approved instructor. The instructor also must use the state's training curricula.
Applications for concealed-carry licenses will be available from state police beginning Jan. 5.
A list of instructors can be found here.
Illinois State Police continue the search for a murder suspect.
In early September, two men allegedly shot and killed a 20-year-old man at Denese's Place night club in East St. Louis. 36-year-old Damien Floore is already in jail facing charges, but his alleged accomplice, Torcus Boone is at large. Boone lives in East St. Louis and has murder charges and a $9 million bond waiting for him.
Anyone with information is asked to call the CrimeStoppers at 866-371-TIPS.
BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled that immigration officials wrongly denied U.S. citizenship to a man who spent more than two decades trying to prove he was an American.
The case revealed a 1978 legal error that has resulted in an untold number of people being turned down for citizenship they were entitled to receive.
Sigifredo Saldana Iracheta was born to an unmarried American father and a Mexican mother in 1964 just south of the Texas border. He was deported at least four times. At one point, he was detained for nearly two years as he sought permission to join his family in the U.S.
For decades, the government has cited Article 314 of the Mexican Constitution, which supposedly deals with out-of-wedlock births. But the constitution has no such article.