Illinois Law Enforcement Waiting for Follow-up to Criminal Justice Reform Bill

Illinois Law Enforcement Waiting for Follow-up to Criminal Justice Reform Bill

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois law enforcement associations continue to wait for follow-up legislation to address issues in a sweeping criminal justice and police regulation law enacted earlier this year.

The controversial measure impacting the criminal justice system and police regulations passed in the final hours of the previous General Assembly. Even after signing the bill, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said in February there would need to be some cleanup.

“Whenever you do anything big like this, and you’ve seen this before too, there’s always a fix here or there and I think that will happen over the spring session,” Pritzker said.

Spring session is almost over with a May 31 deadline to pass legislation with simple majorities.

Illinois Sheriffs’ Association Executive Director Jim Kaitschuk said the organization offered up more than 400 pages to fix a variety of issues.

He said the various issues that need clarity range from definitions for duty to intervene and duty to render aid, how to address policy violations, body camera regulations, and changes made around crowd control.

A spokesperson for Illinois House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch said they are committed to moving discussions forward, but didn’t indicate if any follow-up legislation was coming before the end of the month.

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