Illinois FOID-card processing has been getting worse and worse since last November’s election season and today, waiting times are three to six months for processing renewals or new cards.
Well, relief may be on the way.
In recent days, Illinois has terminated the contract with the company providing the FOID card processing and hired a new company, Boland Enterprises, to handle the load.
The former company is crying the blues about losing the six-figure contract. They’ve laid off 20 employees at their downstate Illinois office which handled FOID card processing, but frankly, they weren’t doing the job and it wasn’t getting better.
Boland’s website suggests they have experience processing FOID cards for the time between 2005 and 2012. We’re not sure if this past experience is a good thing or not.
ABC7 Chicago reported on the change last night…
(WLS) –– Anyone who has recently applied for a firearm owner’s card in Illinois knows that it there is quite a wait.
State police say that’s because 70,000 applications have piled up in their outsource processing center – and that’s because there are only four state workers doing background checks.
The I-Team has learned that an emergency contract is now in place with a new vendor to process that backlog and to prepare for the onslaught of concealed/carry applications.
…The company, called Rely, was hired last year by the state to transfer applicant information from FOID records into computers.
The firm, headquartered in Hoffman Estates, has been notified by state police officials that they weren’t doing the job.
This contract with Rely has been terminated early.
A new deal was struck with a firm called Boland Enterprises – an emergency service purchase under a 90 day contract for the keying and scanning of firearm owners identification card applications to meet the continued need for the Illinois State Police to meet its statutory mandate.