The criminal justice bill the Illinois House of Representatives passed a in the final hours of the last General Assembly has been signed into law. Governor JB Pritzker did so at a midday ceremony on Monday. Some in law enforcement say this will transform policing practices in the state.

Madison County Sheriff John Lakin tells The Big Z this has the potential to decimate the pool of people wanting to go into or stay in police work in the state.

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In addition to the changes to how policing is done, Lakin says there are a number of unfunded mandates in this legislation that could severely burden departments. House Bill 3653 passed by a 60 to 50 vote in the closing hours of the lame duck session of the Illinois General Assembly in January.


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