Springfield… State Representative John M. Cabello (R-Machesney Park) sponsored legislation that the Governor signed into law today that aims at making major reforms to Illinois’ law enforcement community.
“Congratulations to law enforcement for recognizing the need for change and leading by example for the rest of the nation to follow,” said Rep. Cabello. “As a chief negotiator on my side of the aisle, I made sure the combination of reforms represented law enforcement and community as equally as possible. Quite frankly, not everyone likes the legislation, but it’s significant in that it moves the ball in the direction it needs to go and is a prime example of the type of successful compromise that can be reached between both Democrats and Republicans.”
The legislation, Senate Bill 1304, is a result of negotiations between all four caucuses and stakeholders from the police and legal community, which is a combination of police officer related bills that were held in Judiciary – Criminal committee and various Judiciary – Criminal sub-committees this past spring session.
Specifically, the legislation defines incidents involving law enforcement involved deaths, provides for independent investigations and prosecutions, enhances reporting mechanisms, outlines traffic and pedestrian stop procedures, creates choke-hold restrictions and allows for body cameras worn by officers.
“There was a lot of hard work and tough negotiations made while crafting this legislation, but the final product is still a work in progress. There is always room to improve, but this is a step in the right direction and can be a blueprint to guide other states as we work to reform law enforcement for the better.”
The bill applies to law enforcement statewide and is effective immediately for provisions concerning funding of the Law Enforcement Camera Grant through fines and the Commission on Police Professionalism. The remainder of the bill has no effective date and is thus effective January 1, 2016.