OUR VIEW: Don’t rush that signature


Flanked by lawmakers and supporters, 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, Feb. 22.

Ashlee Rezin Garcia, Chicago Sun-Times

Pantagraph editorial board

One of the things we anticipated following the election of J.B Pritzker was a difference in action. There was work to do, and Springfield under Pritzker provided optimism that the inertia of the Rauner administration would be a memory.

This year’s veto session wasn’t exactly what we had in mind.

Legislating was far from easy as COVID-19 changed our lives in 2020 and into 2021. The requirement that Illinois lawmakers gather in person proved a challenge. But that was a challenge for everyone, and most office-based businesses found ways around the issue.

The veto session showed glaring flaws in the system. The limits placed on media and lobbyists, those most important to informing the public about Springfield discussions and decisions, helped contribute to some objectionable moves. One of those has been signed, amid protests, into law by Pritzker. Another sits on his desk now awaiting his signature.

Earlier this week, law enforcement groups decried a massive criminal justice reform bill signed by Pritzker.

House Bill 3653, referred to as the “Safe-T Act,” ends the use of cash bail by 2023 and grants increased state oversight of police agencies statewide, among other provisions.

Law enforcement and Republican lawmakers opposed the legislation, citing problematic language in some provisions while maintaining support for the law’s intent. Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Director Ed Wojcicki called the bill the “anti-police bill.”

via pantagraph.com

February 28, 2021 at 07:39AM

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