Trotter: A crucial commitment undone

trotter bodycamsCHICAGO – Pensions for hardworking Illinoisans will be put at risk, once again. State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago) released the following statement in response to the comptroller’s announced plan to delay November, and possibly December, payments to pension funds.

“Failing to make our important pension payments is another crucial commitment undone by the governor’s refusal to negotiate in good faith,” Trotter said. “Skipping payments only exacerbates Illinois’ $100 million pension debt and will continue to hurt the hard-working people of this state.”

Trotter backs policing reform law

trotter bodycamsSPRINGFIELD – Legislation creating law enforcement reforms was signed into law today. State Senator Donne Trotter (D-Chicago 17) supported the bipartisan effort to create new body camera protocols, making Illinois one the first states in the nation to adopt the recommendations of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

“Now, more than ever, Illinois needs to lead the country in pushing for the use of body cameras by officers. Reforming law enforcement practices will go a long way in reducing the distrust between the public and the police,” Trotter said.

Senate Bill 1304, sponsored by Chicago Democrats Representative Elgie R. Sims, Jr. and Senator Kwame Raoul, implements several recommendations of the federal task force by:

  • Requiring independent investigations of all officer-involved deaths
  • Improving mandatory officer training in areas, such as the proper use of force, cultural competency, recognizing implicit bias, interacting with persons with disabilities and assisting victims of sexual assault
  • Creating a statewide database of officers who have been dismissed due to misconduct or resigned during misconduct investigations
  • Improving data collection and reporting of officer-involved and arrest-related deaths and other serious incidents
  • Establishing a Commission on Police Professionalism to make further recommendations on the training and certification of law enforcement officers

The measure also bans the use of chokeholds by police and expands the Traffic Stop Statistical Study –which provides insight into racial disparities in motor vehicle stops and searches—to include pedestrians whom officers “stop and frisk” or temporarily detain for questioning.

The state is set to become the first state with standards and protocols for the use of body cameras by any of the state’s law enforcement agencies. These policies include:

  • Cameras must be turned on at all times when an officer is responding to a call for service or engaged in law enforcement activities.
  • Cameras can be turned off at the request of a crime victim or witness, or when an officer is talking with a confidential informant.
  • Recordings are exempt from FOIA with some exceptions:
  • Recordings can be “flagged” if they have evidentiary value in relation to a use of force incident, the discharge of a weapon or a death.
  • “Flagged” recordings may be disclosed in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act; however, in certain sensitive situations, such as a recording of a sexual assault, victim consent is required prior to disclosure.
  • Recordings must be retained for 90 days or, if “flagged,” for two years or until final disposition of the case in which the recording is being used as evidence.

The commission will be created immediately. The bill goes into effect on January 1.

Trotter makes heroin overdose reversal medication available

trotter-narcanSPRINGFIELD – In response to rising heroin-related deaths in Illinois, first responders will gain greater access to lifesaving medicine such as Narcan. A measure increasing its availability passed the Senate today.

“A matter of minutes can determine life and death when a person overdoses. Putting opioid antagonist drugs like Narcan in the hands of police and first responders can save lives,” said Donne E. Trotter, Assistant Majority Leader.

Naloxone hydrochloride, better known as “Narcan,” is an opioid antagonist drug designed to counteract the effects of a narcotics overdose. The medicine works within minutes to block the effects of narcotics on the brain.

Trotter supported a bipartisan effort to allow trained personnel and school nurses to administer opioid antidote to residents who, in good faith, are believed to have an overdose. He also drafted State Senator Melinda Bush’s push for pharmacies to stock Narcan which will be up for a vote tomorrow.

Senate Bill 10 passed the Senate and proceeds to the House for further consideration.

Media Advisory: Trotter hosts Community Job Fair next week

TrotterJobFairFlyerChicago – Chicago jobseekers can polish up their resumes and attend State Senator Donne E. Trotter’s (D-Chicago) Community Job Fair at Chicago State University next week. Trotter joins State Representative Elgie R. Sims, Jr. and Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore at this event to connect residents with prospective employers.

WHO:              Representatives from the State of Illinois, U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, PACE, Illinois State Police, U.S. Dept. of Professional Regulations, U.S. Customs & Boarder Protections; State Senator Donne E. Trotter, Dist. 17; State Representative Elgie R. Sims, Jr.; and Cook County Commissioner Stanley Moore.

WHAT:            Community Job Fair

WHEN:            Wednesday, April 8   9AM – 1PM

WHERE:          Chicago State University –
                                    Jones Convocation Center

9501 S. King Dr. Chicago 60628

Senator Donne E. Trotter

17th District
Assistant Majority Leader

Years served: 1988–1993 (House); 1993–2018 (Senate)

Committee assignments: Energy and Public Utilities; Appropriations I; Executive; Appropriations II (Vice-Chairperson); Committee of the Whole.

Biography: Senior hospital administrator; born Jan. 30th, 1950, in Cairo; B.A., Chicago State University; M.J., Loyola University School of Law; married (wife, Rose), has four children.