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Illinois Law Enforcement Coalition responds to police reform bill passed by General Assembly

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(WEEK) -- A coalition of law enforcement organizations in Illinois are expressing their disappointment with the General Assembly's passing of a police reform bill during its lame duck session.

The coalition consists of the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge, FOP Labor Council, FOP Chicago Lodge 7, Illinois Sheriffs’ Association and the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police.

House Bill 163 was passed by the Senate in the early morning hours of Wednesday and the House later voted in favor of the bill before noon.

The coalition issued this following statement:

"We are extremely disappointed and saddened in the process, the lack of discussion with members of the law enforcement community, and the ultimate outcome in the Illinois General Assembly today. The lawmakers who voted in favor of this criminal-favoring legislation ignored the pleas of more than 112,000 petition-signing citizens and refused to listen to the concerns of law enforcement. Our communities will be less safe if this legislation is signed into law. We urge Governor J.B. Pritzker to stand up for the majority of Illinois citizens who value their lives, possessions and well-being and veto this bill and its extreme provisions. Today's outcome, although it is ominous for Illinois, does not diminish our commitment. Our members will continue to use all authorized means to protect every community."

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