MT. VERNON – A controversial criminal justice reform bill has passed both chambers of the Illinois legislature. House Bill 3653 will eliminate cash bail, require body cameras for all departments, reform qualified immunity for law enforcement officers, and change police misconduct record keeping.
Several law enforcement groups and Republican leaders have voiced strong opposition to the bill, delivered to lawmakers around 3 a.m. Wednesday and comprised of over 764 pages.
Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Bullard, a member of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association Legislative Committee, said there was a coalition comprised of police management groups and police union groups who were working in “good faith” with the Attorney General on a bipartisan bill that would make great strides to modernize law enforcement before the new bill was introduced and eventually passed.
The bill passed 32-23 in the Senate and 60-50 in the House just before 5 a.m. and now heads to Gov J.B. Pritzker’s desk for approval.