White County State's Attorney Denton Aud sent the following information to the media describing the trajectory of a sweeping police and criminal justice reform bill that will severely hamper the ability of police departments and sheriffs to do their jobs and make Illinois communities less safe.
From the day of its introduction on 2/15/2019 until 1/10/21, the 7 pages of HB 3653 read as follows:
When the House voted to pass HB 3653, it contained those 7 pages of text which only added two paragraphs of text to the Code of Corrections.
After the close of business on 1/10/21, HB 3653 was changed to include 611 pages of text that read as follows:
At 3:00am on 1/13/21, HB 3653 became 764 pages long and read as follows:
And just before 5:00 a.m. on 1/13/21, these senators voted for this process and legislation:
The record will incorrectly note that the vote was 1/12/2021 because that is the day the legislative session began but the 764 pages of HB 3653 were not even public on 1/12/2021.
100 of 102 State's Attorneys opposed the bill. Both Sheriff and Chief Association opposed the bill.