Lawmakers Pass Follow-Up Criminal Justice Bill Addressing Police Concerns

SPRINGFIELD – The General Assembly this week passed legislation addressing lingering concerns from law enforcement about a massive criminal justice reform omnibus passed earlier this year. Introduced by Chicago Democratic Sen. Elgie Sims, an amendment to House Bill 3443 would act as trailer legislation for the SAFE-T Act, a major criminal justice reform backed by the Illinois […]

Lawmakers, AG Seek Tougher Decertification Standards For Law Enforcement

SPRINGFIELD — Lawmakers, in tandem with Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, are looking to bolster the state’s system of certifying and decertifying law enforcement professionals. At a joint hearing of the state Senate Criminal Justice Committee and Special Committee on Public Safety Tuesday Raoul testified to lawmakers that the current metric for decertifying members of […]

Lawmakers Eye Limits On Qualified Immunity For Law Enforcement

SPRINGFIELD — State legislators are considering eliminating or limiting aspects of qualified immunity for law enforcement. Qualified immunity isn’t an explicit federal statute or law but a legal doctrine established in its current form by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1982 case Harlow v. Fitzgerald which grants government officials immunity from civil suits in […]