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Euromutt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 07:41 AM
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113. Minor correction re: Illinois
Illinois state law states that an alderman of any city in the state, including but not limited to Chicago, is an auxiliary peace officer and therefore authorized to carry a firearm, openly or concealed. It's not just Chicago, but also Peoria, Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, Springfield, Quincy, Granite City, etc.

Mind you, it seems to me that it's contrary to the doctrine of separation of powers to assign powers of the executive branch to a member of the legislative branch of government. The doctrine of separation of powers is based on the notion that a means of keeping the members of the respective branches of government honest is that aren't allowed to exercise powers granted to other branches; in other words, lawmakers cannot be allowed to be law enforcers, nor vice-versa. More importantly, to keep lawmakers honest, they should not be exempt from the laws that apply to the general citizenry, whose representatives they're supposed to be. Admittedly, that's a political science perspective, not necessarily a jurist's perspective, but I'd hope somebody in Illinois hits upon the idea to file suit to challenge the status granted city aldermen.
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