Rezin renews call for meaningful legislation that holds violent criminals accountable

On April 6, Deputy Minority Leader Sue Rezin (R-Morris) joined her fellow Senate Republicans and several Illinois State’s Attorneys to call for immediate changes to the so-called ‘SAFE-T Act’ to ensure the safety of Illinoisans.

“We are now in the final hours of this year’s spring legislative session, and we have yet to see the advancement of any legislation that would truly help bring an end to the state’s increasing violent crime or addresses the serious issues included in the ‘SAFE-T Act’ that the Majority Party rammed through the General Assembly during January’s lame-duck session,” said Sen. Rezin. “The people of Illinois cannot afford for us to leave Springfield without passing meaningful public safety legislation that empowers our law enforcement and holds violent criminals accountable for their actions.”

Senate Republicans have introduced a legislative package to address growing public safety concerns and the potential issues created by the ‘SAFE-T Act,’ including repealing the changes to the Bail Reform Act.

“This is not a Republican or Democrat issue, this is a public safety issue. I ask anyone who voted for the SAFE-T Act, how much time did they spend talking to victims and families of victims,” said Kendall County State’s Attorney Eric Weis. “I am the one who has to talk to those victims, I am the one who has to deal with the reality of this new process. If you talk to actual victims about which process is better for them and their safety, I believe the majority of victims would not pick this new process.”

The General Assembly’s spring legislative session is scheduled to adjourn on Friday, April 8. Senate Republicans’ legislative package have yet to be heard in a committee hearing.

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