Gov. Pat Quinn and Attorney General Lisa Madigan both suggested Monday that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to turn down an appeal of New York's tough gun law could boost Illinois lawmakers' attempts to set strict limits on who gets to carry concealed weapons.

But the Democratic governor also used Monday's Supreme Court move to escalate his call for Madigan to appeal to the high court a federal ruling that gives Illinois a deadline of early June to put in place a concealed weapons law.

"It would be helpful to ... the people and the public safety of Illinois if that case (would) be reversed," Quinn said.

(Hat tip to Reason commenter Nikki makes the sign of a tsp)