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Illinois Senate passes controversial police reform bill

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SPRINGFIELD (WREX) — A new, controversial police reform bill passes in the Illinois Senate early Wednesday morning. The bill now heads to the Illinois House.

Lawmakers approved the criminal justice bill proposed by the Legislative Black Caucus, HB3653, just before 5:00 a.m.

The bill would eliminate cash bail, require body cameras for all departments and prevent police misconduct records from being destroyed.

Local law enforcement and Republican leaders in Rockford say they are opposed to the bill.

The latest version of the criminal law overhaul bill, 764 pages, was introduced after 3:00 a.m. and debate started at 4:00 a.m.

The Illinois House is adjourned until 8:00 a.m.

Maggie Polsean

Maggie Polsean is an anchor for 13 News Today. Born and raised in Rockford, she is excited to be back home working for the station she grew up watching. Maggie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Christian Life high school in Rockford.

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