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Illinois House passes sweeping police reform bill, heads to governor with some changes

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SPRINGFIELD (WEEK) — A controversial police reform bill has passed the Illinois House, but not without some changes. Lawmakers removed two portions, which would have ended qualified immunity for police and collective bargaining over officer discipline.

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

Lead sponsor Justin Slaughter stressed criminal justice could not wait any longer.

"We just want to say thank you for everything, for listening to us - the time, the energy, the effort that you've put into it. The time is now. The time is now to go from protests to progress," said Slaughter.

The bill passed through Illinois Senate early Wednesday morning.

The massive criminal justice reform bill passes out of the House 60-50. With the plan receiving approval from both chambers, it will head to @GovPritzker's desk for approval. #twill

— Mike Miletich (@MikeMiletichTV) January 13, 2021

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.

A coalition of law enforcement organizations in Illinois are expressing their disappointment,

"We are extremely disappointed and saddened in the process, the lack of discussion with members of the law enforcement community, and the ultimate outcome in the Illinois General Assembly today. The lawmakers who voted in favor of this criminal-favoring legislation ignored the pleas of more than 112,000 petition-signing citizens and refused to listen to the concerns of law enforcement. Our communities will be less safe if this legislation is signed into law. We urge Governor J.B. Pritzker to stand up for the majority of Illinois citizens who value their lives, possessions and well-being and veto this bill and its extreme provisions. Today's outcome, although it is ominous for Illinois, does not diminish our commitment. Our members will continue to use all authorized means to protect every community."

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