Illinois lawmakers deal with police reform, ghost weapons in closing week

Rep. Anne Stava-Murray, D-Naperville, front, and Rep. Maura Hirschauer, D-Batavia, hold up signs from Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice during debate on the House floor on Friday. [Thomas J. Turney/The State Journal-Register]

Democrats on the Illinois Capitol have spent the previous a number of weeks attempting to place collectively a bundle of payments referring to policing and crime within the state. 

The set of payments consists of quite a lot of measures which direct extra funds to police departments, adjusts the felony code and tweaks present legislation round public security. 

“We handed a public security bundle that addresses very actual considerations in our communities whereas additionally focusing on the basis causes of violence,” mentioned Home Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch, D-Hillside, in his final phrases throughout the legislature’s spring session. “We needed to tackle it holistically. That is what we did right here this session.” 

The payments, all of which have been formally launched by Democrats, had near-unanimous assist from the state’s majority occasion and had various levels of buy-in from Republicans.