Today, Governor Pritzker signed HB 3653 into law.
The following statement can be attributed to Colleen Connell, Executive Director, ACLU of Illinois:
“We are excited about the important changes to policing and our criminal justice system signed into law today by Governor Pritzker. Reforming criminal justice and demanding meaningful police accountability are critical priorities for communities and people that are most harmed by the broken policing and criminal legal systems. We applaud the Governor for heeding these voices and signing the measure in the face of hyperbolic assaults by some law enforcement groups upset they lost a legislative debate.
House Bill 3653 is the product of months of works and debate, hearings and discussions, conducted under the leadership of the Illinois Black Caucus. The entire caucus, and sponsors Senator Elgie Sims and Representative Justin Slaughter, have provided leadership and vision to turn concepts supported across Illinois into law as of today.
While there is still work to do, House Bill 3653 is an important first step. We look forward to working with legislators, the Pritzker administration and all others interested in improving these systems and fostering greater trust between police and the communities they serve.”