A former FBI agent who lives in Flossmoor is the new chairman of a board that will oversee appeals by people who are rejected for a permit under the state’s new “concealed carry” law, Gov. Pat Quinn's office announced Friday.
Quinn chose Robinzina Bryant to be chairman of the seven-member Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board whose other members come from across Illinois.
Bryant is a Flossmoor resident who worked for a decade with the FBI as a special agent in Chicago and St. Louis investigating counterterrorism, white collar crime, along with bank, wire and mail fraud. She also served as a division recruiter and an instructor at the FBI Citizens Academy.
She now runs a private law practice that handles probate, estate planning and guardianships for children and people with disabilities. A graduate of Drake University Law School, she is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the Christian Legal Society.
Other members of the board chosen by Quinn are from Winnetka, Palatine, Elmhurst, Naperville, Springfield and Energy. All seven will serve until Jan. 12, 2015. After that date, appointments will be for four-year terms.
“These appointees to the (board) are highly qualified and committed individuals,” Quinn said, in a prepared statement. “They will carry out their duties diligently to protect public safety.”
The board will consider objections made to an applicant’s eligibility to obtain a concealed carry permit submitted by a law enforcement agency or the Illinois State Police. The application process to obtain a permit is scheduled to begin Jan. 6.