The Illinois House Democrats passed a massive criminal justice overhaul bill in the waning moments of the 101st General Assembly Wednesday.
The legislation contains cuts to public safety budgets while opening up officers to punishment and personal liability for unsubstantiated or unverifiable complaints. However, perhaps its worst component, it allows many potentially violent felons to avoid being held in custody. State Representative Dan Caulkins (R-Decatur) called the whole process “shameful.”
Also aggravating to the House Republicans was the fact they were unable to pose questions to the bill’s sponsor, the debate was cut off, and a vote was taken when it was convenient for the majority party to receive the needed votes for the bill to pass.
House Bill 3653 passed by a slim margin of 60-50 votes after only being compiled in the middle of the night.