IL requires a 16 hour class from a IL certified instructor, but you don't have to take the class in IL. there used to be two certified instructors in TX, but I heard one moved away (the one I used), and the other no longer teaches. You also don't need to submit fingerprints, but it makes the approval longer, and IL only allows you to go to their vendor in IL. And as someone mentioned, it is expensive. If you spend a lot of time in IL, it might be worth it.Was IL an easy process? Is it only difficult in chit town?
Depending on what Ilinois State congress does, if you let it expire you may not be able to get it again if you ever need it again. Although, it is another $300 and one has to take a 4 hr renewal class. Which of course is a PiTA.Illinois, Iowa, Arizona and Tx. Letting Illinois expire.