(Undated) – Changes are coming for police across the state. The seven-hundred-plus-page “Police Reform Bill” was signed by Governor, JB Pritzker, yesterday. Pritzker says he believes this bill will make both the public and police officers safer.
The new law would end cash bail, and eventually require all police to wear and use body cameras. The law also restricts the use of force by police and provides transparency and accountability when officers do use force. The changes don’t all happen at once, they are set to take effect over the next few years. A group of sheriffs, state troopers, and police unions presented a statement against the bill, including a petition signed by about 120-thousand Illinoisans protesting the measure.