Figured I'd post an update here on my FOID card experience.
Yesterday was exactly 30 days from when my $10 check was cashed for the FOID card processing. I had sent in the application 2-3 weeks prior to that, which makes this now approximately 7 weeks. I had to wait for 44 minutes before I could get a representative on the phone. She checked mine and my wife's applications in her system, and we were both in there, but the background check hadn't been done. That's now in violation of the law as no response has been given in 30 days.
Regardless, she said she'd "get a background check done today" and I would have my FOID card in the mail in 7-10 business days. I'm not amused to say the least, but the time is drawing much nearer to when I'll have one of these in my hands.
I'm still debating between the CZ-75 SP-01 and the Beretta 92A1 for the larger caliber, and I've chosen the RIA/Armscor 1911 .22 for the target practice/plinking gun.