Illinois passed several new laws last year dealing with reforming the state's social and criminal justice system, including establishing guidelines for the use of police body cameras. Many of these laws take effect in the new year. Click below to learn more.
SPRINGFIELD - After spending 18 years in the Illinois General Assembly, State Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago) has issued the following statement:
“I came to Springfield as a member of the House in 1998 to serve as a voice for my community. Many families in my district felt disconnected from the operations in Springfield, and I wanted to be the one to connect them to the stream of information, opportunities and services available to them. I’ve had the privilege of doing this for my community for 18 years. It has been an honor to represent the wonderful people of the 2nd District for so long.
“So, it is with a heavy heart that I have decided this will be my final year of public service to the 2nd District and to Illinois.
Illinois made great strides in animal welfare this year. From protections against animal cruelty, to canine courtroom comfort, many new or revised laws take effect in the new year regarding animal welfare. Stay informed and up to date. Learn about interesting new laws designed to keep our pets safe and at home.
Thousands of police body cameras will hit the streets in the new year under major reforms sponsored by Senate Democrats in an effort to increase public accountability and confidence in the wake of scandals and unrest.
The new law, Senate Bill 1304, takes effect Jan. 1 and sets the official parameters for the use of police body cameras, increases training and reporting requirements for officers and clarifies the public’s right to access the videos. It is one of several key criminal and social justice reforms enacted by Senate Democrats in 2015, covering everything from protecting students’ educational rights to common-sense consumer laws aiding women trying to escape domestic violence.
“We’ve made great strides this year in defending the public’s right to be properly protected, with justice for all,” said State Senator Kwame Raoul, a Hyde Park Democrat who emerged as one of the state’s leading reform advocates.