Lame Duck State Senate passes Criminal Justice Reform Act early Wednesday morning

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SPRINGFIELD – After a late night the lame duck session of the Illinois Senate passed a modified version of House Bill 3653, The Criminal Justice Reform Act was approved by the Senate with a vote of 32-23. The Illinois House is expected to read and vote on the measure by noon Wednesday. The bill proposes elimination of cash bail, reforms of qualified immunity for law enforcement officers, require body cameras, and changes to police misconduct record keeping. Illinois Sheriff’s Association Executive Director Jim Kaitschuk, says it’s the most devastating piece of legislation to affect law enforcement. State Senator Sue Rezin said she received the full text of the bill, 764 pages of it, at 3 AM on Wednesday, less than two hours before the vote in Springfield.