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Madison County authorities join to unanimously oppose criminal reform legislation

State’s Attorney Tom Haine and authorities from every Madison County police jurisdictions have joined to oppose proposed criminal reforms contained in House Bill 3563 (previously House Bill 163).

Haine (shown) called an emergency meeting this week of police chiefs, the result being a letter issued Wednesday and signed by what appears to be  the sheriff and every police chief in Madison County. Here is the joint statement condemning the bill:

“The unanimous message of the Madison County law enforcement community to our legislature and Governor is: this bill cannot become law, but should be paused and reconsidered next session. In our professional opinion, as drafted, this so-called “reform” would in fact devastate our ability to keep our communities safe and enforce the law fairly and equally for all. Good intentions and some worthwhile reforms are not enough to justify the enactment of so many bad policies at the same time. Public safety and victim’s rights are delicate issues that require time and serious consideration by all stakeholders. Here, only a week after a 600+ page bill was proposed that revolutionizes virtually every aspect of the criminal justice system in Illinois, it is being rushed to the floor for a vote without consideration for unintended consequences. Illinois communities should not become the testing ground for the rest of the country for rushed and ill-conceived ideas, especially where public safety is concerned. We urge the concerned citizens of Madison County to contact their legislators and the Governor to prevent the passage or signing of this disastrous bill.”

A press release is signed by:

State’s Attorney Tom Haine

Sheriff John Lakin

Alton Police Chief Marcos Pulido

Bethalto Police Chief Mike Dixon

Collinsville Police Chief Stephen Evans

East Alton Police Chief Darren Carlton

Edwardsville Police Chief Jay Keeven

Glen Carbon Police Chief Todd Link

Granite City Police Chief Kenneth Rozell

Grantfork Police Chief Justin Rottman

Hamel Police Chief Timothy Connell

Hartford Police Chief Brandon Flanigan

Highland Police Chief Christopher Conrad

Madison Police Chief Nicholas Gailius

Marine Police Chief Brent Stewart

Maryville Police Chief Robert Carpenter

Pontoon Beach Police Chief Chris Modrusic

Roxana Police Chief Will Cunningham

SIUE Police Chief Kevin Schmoll

South Roxana Police Chief Larry Coles

St Jacob Police Chief Gary Kukla

Troy Police Chief Brad Parsons

Venice Police Chief Norman Adams

Williamson Police Chief Wayne Watkins

Wood River Police Chief Brad Wells

Worden Police Chief Dale Volle


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