Illinois Democrats end cash bail; police say it will be ‘endangering citizens’

Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs a sweeping criminal justice reform bill into law during a ceremony at Chicago State University on the South Side, Monday

The state of Illinois ventured boldly toward a law-enforcement-free future on Feb. 22, signing into law a bill to end cash bail.

Police groups are slamming the measure and warning of hard times ahead for the law-abiding, according to a report at

The massive, Democrat-driven overhaul of criminal justice also requires police departments to put body cameras on all officers by 2025 and strictly limits use of force.

It also removes the need for signed, sworn affidavits when filing complaints against officers, opening up police to wild and unaccountable accusations.

Police and prosecutors’ organizations say they weren’t consulted. The Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police and the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association have criticized the bill.

The Illinois Law Enforcement Coalition called it “a blatant move to punish an entire, honorable profession that will end up hurting law-abiding citizens the most.”

Talented people will be discouraged from joining law enforcement, they said.

“The governor is willfully undermining public safety — endangering citizens, emboldening criminals, and making Illinois less safe for families,” said Illinois Republican Party Chairman Don Tracy.

GOP Sen. John Curran added: “This 700-plus page proposal was rammed through in the middle of the night with just hours left in a lame-duck session without the transparency and discourse expected in a democratic process.”

The Illinois Legislative Black Caucus designed the massive measure and Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed it into law with the support of Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, both Democrats.201.3021.3


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