#3007 - FY16 State Budget & Law Enforcement Reform

House Democrats are preparing to run their own budget proposal before May 31st while Governor Bruce Rauner is warning lawmakers can expect to be in Springfield for an extra long session if they don’t agree to his pro-business agenda before trying to raise taxes.

Illinois Public Radio Statehouse Bureau Chief Amanda Vinicky updates the budget stand-off under the Dome.  Next, Sen. Heather Steans (D) Chicago and Rep. Patti Bellock (R) Hinsdale discuss the issues dividing Democrats and Republicans on the budget and the Governor’s agenda.  Lastly, Rep. Elgie Sims, Jr. (D) Chicago and Sen. Tim Bivins (R) Dixon provide details of a new bipartisan law enforcement reform bill to encourage body worn cameras by police and increased use of force training for officers after recent incidents in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland.

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  1. Larry Nazimek 23 May 2015 at 11:22 am #

    As many of us strongly believe, traffic tickets are primarily written for generating revenue, and not for safety.  It’s quite another matter when a politician advocates for it. 

    Rep. Elgie Sims, Jr., stated that while the State hopes to get $ from the Federal Government for body worn cameras for police, that they are looking into writing more traffic tickets in order to raise the necessary $, adding that funds generated in this manner would go directly into this fund and not into the general fund.