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Senate Amendment #2 to HB 3653 has passed both chambers of the General Assembly and now sits on the desk of Governor Pritzker. The safety of our communities and the future of police work in Illinois rests in the hands of JB Pritzker.

This “police reform” bill makes proactive policing a crime, severely restricts police departments, stands on the side of criminals, and ultimately – makes our communities less safe.

Follow the steps below to help us demand the Governor VETO this horrendous bill:

  1. SIGN the petition below.
  2. SHARE the petition with friends and family.
  3. CONTACT the Governor’s office.

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Governor’s Office Contact:

Springfield Office
Phone: 217-782-6830 or 217-782-6831

Chicago Office
Phone: 312-814-2121 or 312-814-2122

What does this bill do?

  • Eliminates Cash Bail
  • Enacts multiple benefits for felons
  • Limits Officer’s rights to Collectively Bargain, creating a “special class” of public employee who does not have these rights in Illinois
  • Prohibits use of force in almost all situations, and makes officers criminally liable for virtually any use of force
  • Removes prohibitions against obstructing police officers
  • Charges officers with Official Misconduct, a class 3 felony, for banal and incidental issues
  • It Eliminates impartial arbitration over burdensome residency requirements
  • Allows for unrestricted and ungoverned disciplinary policies of law enforcement officers
  • Prohibits departments from taking advantage of cost-saving federal surplus programs
  • Allows officers to be punished or fired based on anonymous and unsubstantiated or unverifiable complaints
  • Mandates that those unsubstantiated and unverified complaints be kept to be used against officers forever, with no destruction and no limits on how they can be utilized to inflict harm on officers
  • Substantially increases both initial and ongoing education requirements with no money to pay for the increased costs and no assurances that the courses will even be offered
  • Mandates the use of body cameras by all departments for every officer with no money to pay for the cost of those cameras

Source: Illinois Fraternal Order of Police

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