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Police reform bill passes Illinois House, heads to Pritzker’s desk

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Police reform bill vote

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WREX) — A controversial police reform bill has passed the Illinois House.

The House voted to pass the bill during Wednesday's lame duck session with a 60-50 vote.

The bill passed through Illinois Senate early Wednesday morning.

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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, saying in part the bill was being rushed through the lame duck session.

One of those republicans, Rep. Joe Sosnowski, of the 69th District, issued a statement following the bill being passed, saying:

"I voted on behalf of our men and women in law enforcement against this dangerous legislation that will unfortunately make our communities less safe. This bill threatens cuts in funding for public safety budgets; allows officers to be punished or fired based on anonymous and unsubstantiated or unverifiable complaints; lets politicians dictate police training; allows dangerous offenders to more easily go back on the streets prior to trial; and plays election politics by taking funds from communities with prisons. This legislation was rushed through without input from law enforcement at literally the 11th hour with short debate.  More rushed legislation from the Springfield Majority.  We need to have serious discussion about police reform with the men and women who actually deal with dangerous criminals on a day-to-day basis. If the Springfield leadership was interested in an open and transparent process, together we could have come up with better solutions. I am deeply concerned about public safety and the ability of our law enforcement agencies to do their jobs in the wake of this bill’s passage."

Rep. Sosnowski

We'll have full coverage tonight on 13 News at 5 and 6.

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