A Democrat-sponsored crime bill has sparked debate on the Senate floor during the 2021 fall veto session. State Senator Chapin Rose spoke about the crime bill saying that while he would vote for the bill, it would just be a start. Senator Rose says it falls short of a full approach to address crime and violence. Senator Rose says that Illinois can not solve crime by putting everyone behind bars.
Republicans have pushed through a bill that would have 15 anti-crime measures including funding the police for mental health, hiring and retention incentives, and overtime, eliminating good time for weapons offenses and attacks on law enforcement officers. Rose was emotional over the loss of Champaign Police Officer Chris Oberheim.
Senator Rose has also called for ending deadly delay which would include real time reporting by county of gun offenses and allowing schools to employ qualified retired law enforcement officers to carry out duties of a school resource officer Senator Rose is urging other Senators to get serious on gun crimes.
Senator Rose has also called for juvenile court reforms, bail reforms, and mental health reform.
As of Wednesday, none of these bills have been assigned to a committee for public hearing.