SPRINGFIELD, IL — A controversial criminal justice reform bill has passed both chambers of the Illinois legislature. House Bill 3653, formerly the over 600 page House Bill 163, was delivered to lawmakers around 3am Wednesday and comprised of over 764 pages. The new bill, among many other things, will drastically change use-of-force guidelines, require body cameras for every police department in the state, end cash bail, and strip collective bargaining rights relating to discipline from police unions.
The legislation, which is the work of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus, has faced opposition from law enforcement groups and Republican lawmakers.
Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Bullard is also a member of the Illinois Sheriff’s Association Legislative Committee. He says there was a coalition comprised of police management groups and police union groups who had been working in good faith with the Attorney General on a bipartisan bill that would make great strides to modernize law enforcement before this new bill was brought on and eventually passed.
The bill passed 32-23 in the Senate and 60-50 in the House just before 5am and now heads to Governor J.B. Pritzker’s desk for approval.