I doubt the NRA's guy is going to allow a California style law.
I don't think they're going to agree to a bad deal now just so they don't have to live with the current law a few more years. They seem set on getting a Florida type carry law.
I think people here are underestimating just how scary the prospect of constitutional carry is to the anti-gunners in Illinois.
And as to appealing... how does that help the gun control crowd besides stalling? Hoping one of the conservative justices on the Supreme Court retires or something and is replaced by President Obama? Yes there is a delay, but does anyone see the current court overturning Moore?