New Joizy has a lot of the same issues as Illinois and, not entirely coincidentally, strikingly similar gun laws in many respects. I daresay their situation is actually worse than ours with regards to gun ownership, but then they don't have as large a rural area as we do, and the NYC area must be a similar political distortion to Chicago.
Anyway, there's a blogger out there covering this and doing a better, more thoughtful job than I'm doing on Illinois. I found him through Oleg Volk (another guy you should be paying a lot of attention to!) and he's worth a look.
Radio Free Joizy Over Heah