In the waning moments of the 101st General Assembly, legislation to dramatically overhaul policing and criminal justice policy in Illinois was rushed through the General Assembly without thorough public debate involving law enforcement, state’s attorney’s, victims’ rights advocates or feedback from the general public.
The legislation, Amendment 2 to House Bill 3653, contained provisions to eliminate bond for many violent crimes within 2 years; limit the use of force by police officers when defending themselves or others; make it easier to decertify police officers by allowing anonymous complaints without affidavit; limit the purchase of specialized protective equipment for police; and adds costly mandates to police and communities that will cripple public safety budgets.
Despite only passing narrowly, the legislation is now headed to Governor Pritzker’s desk to be signed into law, and he has indicated he plans to sign.
Let the Governor know this legislation poses a serious danger to public safety and tell him not to sign it.
Contact the office of the Governor:
207 State House, Springfield, IL 62706
By phone: 217-782-6830 or 217-782-6831
Or voice your objection over the web: Click Here.