Sen. McClure statement on the signing of HB3653

State Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield) released the following statement after Governor Pritzker signed HB 3653 into law:

“Last year, we saw one of the worst years for violent crime in our state’s history. The General Assembly’s response was to pass a bill at 4:30 in the morning to make our crime problem worse. I stand with the bipartisan group of legislators, state’s attorneys, law enforcement officials, and victims who oppose this bill. It is especially troubling that the Governor signed the bill in Chicago, because it is the poster child for what can go wrong with poorly-designed criminal justice reforms. We are already seeing a significant rise in shootings in Chicago this year compared to the same time last year. Instead of learning from Cook County’s mistakes, the Governor is mandating that many of these same failed policies be implemented statewide. After another deadly weekend, it is time for the Governor to start fighting crime, instead of encouraging it.”


Steve McClure

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