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In the early morning hours today (Wednesday), the Illinois Senate received a 764-page bill on criminal justice and police reform, and less than two hours later, it passed 32-23. With less than an hour to go in the session, the House followed suit, 60-50. The bill now heads to the governor for his signature.
The controversial bill has been strongly opposed by police unions, chiefs of police, sheriff’s and state’s attorney’s who all spoke out against it last week and over the weekend. Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Haine, Sheriff John Lakin, and every police chief in Madison County released a statement this morning condemning House Bill 3563. While the bill covers a number of topics, law enforcement says it would limit their ability to properly do their jobs and keep communities safe and keep their own families safe while more violent offenders would remain out of jail and on the streets. Proponents say the bill, led by Democrats in Chicago, also called it a police reform bill that would eliminate cash bail, require body cameras for all police departments and prevent police misconduct records from being destroyed.