The Illinois Senate and House on Wednesday passed a sweeping police reform bill.
38th District State Senator Sue Rezin said this bill will empower criminals while hurting our law enforcement efforts to keep the community safe.
Democratic State Senator Patrick Joyce, who represents a small portion of Grundy County and others said when it came time to vote, I was concerned that a ‘no’ vote might have signaled that I do not think reform is needed—but I was not comfortable voting ‘yes’ on legislation that clearly needed more time and work. I therefore made the conscious choice not to vote on the legislation.
Joyce said the legislation would have passed with or without my support, but I felt it was important to make known my concerns that the legislation was rushed through at the last minute, with virtually no time to sort through it.
Joyce also said our criminal justice system could be improved, but last-minute amendments and hasty negotiations will not help us reach that goal. I look forward to continuing the discussion of careful, thoughtful, tailored reforms by engaging all stakeholders and granting this important subject the time it deserves.
Meanwhile, 75th District State Representative David Welter said this police reform bill is terrible.
He said the legislation mandates body cameras.
79th District State Representative Jackie Haas said this bill presented far too many changes to the criminal justice system, while law enforcement and others enforcing our laws could not offer their invaluable input.
The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for his signature.