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Quinn Appoints Concealed Carry Panel

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has named seven people to a panel that will review applications for permits to carry concealed firearms.

The Chicago Democrat appointed members of the Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board Friday. The board will consider any objections of an applicant's eligibility for a permit filed by the Illinois State Police or local law enforcement agency.

The Fifth District Appellate Court District in Southern Illinois will be represented by former U.S. District Court Judge G. Patrick Murphy of Energy.  He served on the federal bench for ten years beginning in 1997, the last seven years as Chief Judge.  He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969, holds a J.D. from the Southern Illinois University School of Law at Carbondale and a B.S. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

The Chair of the Committee will be Robinzina Bryant of Flossmoore, who spent more than a decade as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Chicago and St. Louis, where she investigated counterterrorism, white collar crime, bank fraud, wire and mail fraud and served as Division Recruiter and an instructor at the FBI's Citizens Academy. 

The Illinois Legislature approved the law allowing public possession of guns earlier this year, after a federal judge ordered the state to do so.

The law requires the formation of the licensing review board. It says members should come from across the state and have judicial, legal, mental health and investigative experience.

The members will serve until Jan. 12, 2015. After that date, terms will last four years. 

Here's information on the other Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board:


First Judicial District

James Lewis Cavanaugh of Winnetka is a Professor of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center, behavioral risk analyst with Cavanaugh Associates, and served in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps from 1971 to 1973. He has consulted with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Secret Service, the Illinois State Police and the Chicago Police Department to analyze behavioral risk. He has previously served on the Guardianship and Advocacy Commission and the Commission to Revise the Mental Health Code. He holds an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and a B.A. from Williams College.


Virginia Wright of Palatine served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 24 years, working in New York, New Haven and Chicago, where she conducted high-level investigations, specializing in white collar crime, bank fraud and financial institution fraud. She received the Award of Excellence from the President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency in 2007. She holds a B.A. from Temple University and also studied at Winona State University.


Second Judicial District

Sergio Acosta of Elmhurst is a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP and a former Chief of the General Crimes Section of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois. He also served as Assistant State Attorney in Miami, Florida, where he was Chief of the Felony Division. He has also served on the City of Chicago's Ethics Reform Task Force and as Administrator of the Illinois Gaming Board. He holds a J.D. from George Washington University School of Law and a B.A. from DePaul University.


Third Judicial District

John Diwik of Naperville is a Criminal Investigator with the Amtrak Office of the Inspector General and former Special Agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he investigated crimes including mortgage fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud and public corruption. He holds an MBA from the University of Connecticut and a B.S. from Northeastern University.


Fourth Judicial District

Patrick John Chesley of Springfield is an attorney in private practice and served as Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central District of Illinois for almost 30 years where he prosecuted white collar crimes and was anti-terrorism coordinator for the Central District of Illinois for six years. He also served in the Illinois Attorney General's Office, specializing in environmental violations. He holds a J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.

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