State Representative Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) released the following statement in response to the signing of House Bill 3653, an omnibus crime bill:
“Governor Pritzker today is signing HB 3653 at a vacant college campus, and heralding it as a model of reform. It was a bill that could only be passed by squelching debate, the barest of majorities, in the dead of night, in a lame duck session. It was opposed by a bipartisan coalition of DuPage legislators. It also was opposed by the law enforcement agencies and municipalities in my and surrounding districts.
No-one disputes our police should be accountable to the people they protect and serve. But for any bill, you have to ask, who is better off as a result of this bill? Not honest police officers. Not prosecutors and judges who try to keep dangerous people off the street. Not families who live in neighborhoods that need law enforcement to keep them safe.
Governor Pritzker is one of the wealthiest men in the nation. He can afford to hire personal security and insulate himself from the consequences of this legislation. The rest of us are on our own.
In 2018, the General Assembly enacted sweeping bail reform changes so that the rest of Illinois would have to follow Chicago practices. It has not made us safer or better. In DuPage County we experienced the negative impacts of the last “reform”, including increased failures to appear in court; increased carjackings; and home invasions. As just one example, in August, three men terrorized and threatened two families in DuPage. One of those men was wearing an ankle monitor from a previous arrest and was able to participate in these heinous crimes as a result of previously lowering bail standards.
Rather than learn from that, the Democrats in the General Assembly and Governor Pritzker today are doubling down on dysfunction.
It is shameless pandering for political favor within the activist wing of the Democratic party, and comes at the cost of people’s personal safety. This is not acceptable.
Governor Pritzker is failing at Government 101: keeping our residents protected, safe, and secure in their homes and lives.”