Mr. Brinkmeier's statement that the "ban on possessing a gun is permanent" and is "not negotiable" is absolutely wrong.
Federal courts have repeatedly held that, in the case of state convictions, if the state grants a person a full restoration of civil rights, complete certificate of rehabilitation, or complete expungement, etc., that person is not prohibited from possessing firearms. This question is answered by looking to the law of the State of Illinois, not federal law.
I would suggest contacting one of the Illinois criminal defense lawyers listed on Avvo to determine if Illinois has such a procedure.
Jackson, MS Criminal Defense Lawyer
18 USC § 1922 sets forth the federal restrictions on the ownership or possession of firearms. These include anyone who, such as you, has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding 1 year.
The ban on possessing a gun is permanent. This is federal law. It is not negotiable. You cannot lawfully receive, possess, ship, or transport a firearm.
I have no idea why this MS lawyer is weighing in on this question.
First, federal law trumps state law on all Second Amendment claims. Any first year law student learns that.
Second, Illinois courts have - over the last 70 years - always held that the federal ban on felons possessing guns take precendence over any Illinois state court opinion.
Third, if you hire this misguided MS lawyer he will take your fee, certainly, and then will have to inform you that indeed under Illinois law the federal ban of felons possessing any gun is permanent.
CAUTION There are many lawyers out there that will take your fee up front and then magically refuse to refund your money when they find out that they cannot restore your gun rights. Beware of such attorneys as this one from MS that answered your question.