re reading the OP i find one portion very amusing:
• Two identical passport-size photos taken in the last 30 days showing the person's full
face, head and shoulders
this is amusing because the Illinois State Police, which is the issuing body for the FOID card, use your IL drivers license photo which could possibly be up to 4-8 YEARS old. The State Police find ur DL pic to be acceptable, yet Daley and his idiot anti gun brigade want a photo no older than 30 days ???
hell, the state police wont even reissue you a new card for a change of address. you are required to notify them of the change, but they will only reissue a lost/stolen card or a new card upon renewal. man this is one messed up state!!