Of course, the title above isn't a surprise to anyone that has been paying attention. I just want to mention it again to encourage folks to go ahead and apply.
I've heard from several people that say they don't want to apply because the law is "too restrictive" or they "rarely leave their town/county" and so forth. But we all need those citizens that can spare the money to apply so that we can show the strength in numbers that "we" have.
There will be bills introduced to knock out some of the "off limits" places, some have already been written and are awaiting the filing process. Of course, everyone wants to see the fees come down...after all the costs are very heavy and folks like the elderly, single moms and those working for minimum wage, etc. are struggling to get by now. They must be able to afford to protect themselves also, no question.
So, I'm directly asking anyone that can afford it to get the required training and apply. For those that are struggling with the costs, keep your eyes and ears open...training can be had for reduced amounts. I'm not saying that you should accept subpar training though, many quality trainers have offered discounted rates and will continue to do so.
Keep an eye on the forums at IllinoisCarry for folks posting about training with reduced costs.